The tempo remains high at Prestonfield and Newtown Park as the local junior sides turn out on Scottish Cup business tomorrow (Saturday).
The Rose are away to Montrose Roselea in what is definitely an easier prospect than near neighbours Bo’ness United who will line up against East Region Super League in-form side Kelty Hearts in what is possibly ‘‘match of the day’’ in the East.
And with cup favourites Irvine Meadow drawn against mighty Auchinleck Talbot, there is an opening there for the Rose and the BU to exploit.
Neither of the two local sides enjoyed success last weekend, the Rose, at least, secured one point from their encounter at home to Broxburn but United stumbled to an unfortunate defeat from Newtongrange Star despite having numerous chances to score.
They were also denied by some inspired goal-keeping according to coach Allan McGonigal.
Looking forward to the weekend, Rose boss Danny Smith said: ‘‘I’m hoping for a much-improved performance at Montrose. Our league performances, especially at home, have been disappointing this season.
‘‘I should not need to motivate my squad for a Scottish Junior Cup tie but they will have to stand up and be counted if we are to progress in the Junior Cup.’’
And BU boss Allan McGonigal is expecting no quarter from Fifers Kelty Hearts in his side’s fixture.
He said: ‘‘Kelty Hearts are certainly the form team of the moment in the East Region Super League and it will be a hard, hard game.
‘‘They have a striker with an amazing 26 goals already this season in Stuart Cargill and he’s definitely one to watch.
‘‘If we can play as well as we did last weekend and score a couple of goals as well, then I think we will get the result that we want.’’