BO’NESS United bounce into tomorrow’s Scottish Junior Cup second round tie (Saturday) not just on the back of several key victories but with the added boost that Allan McGonigal is at the club to stay.
In the latest win under his watch as interim manager, McGonigal’s side saw off Super League champions Bonnyrigg Rose 4-2, in what he felt was a deserved victory.
And on Wednesday, he confirmed to the Journal and Gazette he was there as permanent boss for as long as the club wanted him.
“I will be there for the foreseeable future. As far as I’m concerned, I’m the manager of the football club. That won’t change. I will be the manager until Bo’ness United tell me they don’t want me,” he said.
McGonigal - who paid tribute to his number two, Steve Kerrigan - admitted he got a buzz from the role.
“We’ve certainly come a long way in a short time and I think the real feeling with everyone, I keep saying, is confidence is a wonderful thing when you have it - and we certainly have it in abundance.”
McGonigal is delighted goals have been scored from across the team and feels the style of play is coming together.
His side are chasing Linlithgow Rose and are in second place in the Super League and, while giving them credit, he said: “I think Linlithgow will be looking over their shoulders for us because we will be coming.”
Tomorrow North Region Division One side Port Gordon Victoria are the visitors. “If we play the way we have been playing, we will win,” he said, also emphasising United had to respect them.
Jay Shields has moved to Newtongrange Star and Ian Nimmo has asked to come off the transfer list.
lMARK Bradley’s Linlithgow Rose side continues to set the pace at the top of the Super League with a 4-1 win over St Andrews last weekend securing another valuable three points.
“We played really well the first half,” said the boss. “We dominated the game on a difficult park and with a difficult side to play against.
“The boys are sticking to the task well, taking each game as it comes.
“It doesn’t matter who we are playing, they (St Andrews) might not be our challengers but they will be difficult for a lot of teams at home.
“We approached it the same way as we would against Bo’ness or Bonnyrigg. It was very pleasing.”
The victory followed a rest week for the Rose and has kept their Super League title ambitions on track with the club five points clear of Bo’ness at the top.
“There was a concern (with the break) they would lose a wee bit of the momentum we have gathered but the boys were focussed and I think they see if we keep playing the way we are playing we have a real chance (of the league title).”
Bradley acknowledged it was still early days but said his side had given themselves a good platform to challenge from.
Pointing to United’s run of results, he added: “Hopefully we can keep going and Bo’ness slip up.”
Attention shifts tomorrow (Saturday) to the trip to Ardrossan in the Scottish Junior Cup. “All the fans love the Scottish Junior Cup and it will be a good day, hopefully with a win for us,” said the boss.
Knowing their Ayrshire hosts will be no pushovers, and out to claim a scalp, he said: “We have got to make sure we apply ourselves properly for the tie.”
David Dunn remains out after his elbow break.