Rose and United back into action?

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BOTH the Rose and Bo’ness will be hoping to get back playing competitive football after a two week enforced lay-off due to the weather.

Both teams are away this weekend with the BUs making the trip up to St Andrews in the first round of the Fife and Lothians Cup while the Rose travel to Musselburgh in the league.

While the prospects do not look good once again, both club coaches Mark Bradley and Allan McGonigal are desperate to see their teams in action this weekend.

Rose boss Bradley said: “With no game last Saturday, we could only stage a light training session due to conditions.

‘‘We had hoped to play Stenhousemuir on their all-weather pitch on Monday but they re-scheduled a reserve game for the same night and our training had to be cancelled at the last minute.

‘‘We were able to get a further two training sessions in this week but the last thing we want is for any players to pick up an injury due to the icy conditions.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Musselburgh sit 23 points behind Rose in the league having played the same number of league matches, 10 in total.

Although their league record is poor, having won only one game in 10, Burgh boss Dave McGlynn is slowly rebuilding his squad after losing key players last season. And in recent weeks, the young side has put in some quality performances.

The Rose coach said: “It will be a hard match especially at their ground. We played them earlier in the season and won 2-0 but they are a young side and will be going all-out to get a result in front of their own supporters.”

Bo’ness United meanwhile are gunning for a hat trick of wins over St Andrews in the space of three months.

The BUs thumped them 6-1 away in October and notched up a 3-0 victory at Newtown Park in their last competitive match three weeks ago. Both were Super League wins.

Boss Allan McGonigal has a full-strength squad at his disposal, who despite last Saturday’s postponement of the Sauchie fixture, got a good work-out in a friendly against Hamilton Accies’ first team.

Played indoors at Ravenscraig, it ended 1-1 with Declan McAvoy equalising for the BUs with a 30 yard strike into the top corner of the net.

McGonigal said: “I’m delighted we have played St Andrews home and away in the league but the cup is a different thing. We just have to be motivated and I’m sure we will be fine.”

The boss picked out striker Paul McQuade, formerly of St Mirren, as a key danger in the opposition ranks.

Bo’ness will be hoping the park is better condition than on their last visit, when McGonigal said it ‘cut up really badly’. Steven Milligan is being loaned to Harthill.