New faces for Rose, BU

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THE Bo’ness United squad regroups for pre-season training tomorrow (Saturday), with two new players.

Strikers Steven Hislop and Craig Morrison have joined from East Fife and Oakley.

Left-back Stewart Devine, who was on loan from Stranraer, has signed full-time.

His last game for Bo’ness, in which a cruciate ligament injury ended his season, was when he scored the winner against Linlithgow in October’s Scottish Junior Cup tie.

United may bring in more new faces during the close season boss Paul Ronald confirmed this week.

He also said defender Steven Reilly and forward John Stewart were in talks with Queen’s Park and Clyde respectively.

Midfielder Lee Duffy, whose work in Aberdeen had clashed with training, has been sold to Dundonald and Ronald said the club wished him well.

Bo’ness line up against Linlithgow in the George Simpson Memorial match at Newtown Park on July 21 (ko 2.30pm).

Due to holidays, Ronald could be without seven players.

Looking ahead to the new campaign, he said: “It’s Bo’ness and Bo’ness expects better than what we got last season.”

The boss is anticipating another tough campaign in the months ahead.

Over at Prestonfield, there have been comings and goings with two new signings and four players departing the club.

Gone are Kyle Allison who moved to Ballingry Rovers where former Rose boos Dave Baikie is manager; Alan Benton has moved to amateur side Falkirk Staines United while Alan Brown was sold to Whitehill Welfare.

Another player exiting is Scott Walker, who has chosen to leave the club despite still having another year on his contract.

Rose boss Mark Bradley said: “Scott has decided to step down and his decision has to be applauded. He understands that we have signed younger players and that the club now needs to move forward.”

New signings so far are Billy Gibson (29), a right back, who was with Alloa last season. Gibson has also played for Rangers, Partick, Clyde and Alloa.

The other new face is John Ovenstone, also 29, a left-sided centre half, who played with East Fife last season but took the decision to walk away from the seniors to play with the Rose.

Bradley said of his new signings: “Billy is an experienced player who has played at the top of the game while with Rangers and John proved to me he has a desire to play for Linlithgow which is what I am looking for.’’