Hope of favourable weather for Scottish Junior Cup tie

270313 Linlithgow rose ground at prestonfield, snowbound.
270313 Linlithgow rose ground at prestonfield, snowbound.
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HOPES are high it will be third time lucky for the Rose and Bo’ness tomorrow (Saturday) when they attempt to play their twice-postponed Emirates Scottish Junior Cup quarter-final tie (ko 2.30pm).

Prestonfield has fallen foul to waterlogged and frozen pitches over the past two Saturdays but, despite snow midweek, hopefully, the game will go ahead.

Both clubs go into the tie knowing the victors will face last season’s junior cup winners Shotts Bon Accord.

The first leg of the semi-final, dependent on tomorrow’s result, will be played at either Prestonfield or Newtown Park, on the weekend of April 13/14, with the return leg a week later.

But Rose boss Mark Bradley said he was ‘not concerned’ as to the possible opponents in the next round of the cup as they still had to dispose of Bo’ness first.

He said: “Shotts are there on merit but our focus will be on Saturday’s match as we have to beat Bo’ness to reach that next stage.

“My players are fit and ready to contest this match. We have trained throughout the past two weeks and chose not to take part in any friendlies in case players picked up injuries.”

At Newtown Park, Allan McGonigal is faced with an injury crisis, Murphy cup-tied, Snowdon on holiday and Hislop and Peat at weddings tomorrow.

Craig Morrison, on loan at Dunbar, will return.

The boss said: “It’s just been one thing after another but sometimes in the face of adversity strange things happen in football.”

And he knows he can count on his team to do their best. “It will be an absolutely humungous challenge but they will give everything they have got,” he said.

United drew 3-3 in a friendly with Bannockburn Amateurs on Saturday.