United must put cup defeat behind them

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BO’NESS United are looking to bounce back from their Scottish Junior Cup exit tomorrow (Saturday), and make up ground in the Super League title race by taking three points against Camelon.

Boss Paul Ronald admitted yesterday (Thursday) the season has been a “wee bit of a rollercoaster” so far, but said there was still a lot of work for United to be getting on with.

He felt his side were unfortunate to lose in last weekend’s Emirates Junior Cup quarter-final away to Auchinleck Talbot, with a good first half by the BUs rendered meaningless by the current cup holders’ brace in the second 45 minutes.

“The game plan was obviously to score in the first half and we should have scored at least one.

“Their keeper made three good saves in the first half and we also hit the bar.

“We should have had a two or three goal lead by half time having Talbot on the back foot for so long.

“In their first attack in the second half they scored and the game totally changed.”

“I’ve played in games like that where you are under the cosh. Talbot hadn’t played and they scored. From that point it was tough. The players tried.

“The second half they didn’t let up, and worked hard to try and get us back in it. It just wasn’t to be.

“With about 10 minutes to go, we went for it big time and threw players up front but we opened up at the back and they scored.

“It’s a difficult one for us to take. We played ever so well the first half, we felt a wee bit flat.”

And such is the nature of cup ties, Ronald said: “I still feel if we played again tomorrow we could win the game.”

But he did add: “Talbot have got something in that competition and seem to have a good formula to win games in the Scottish Cup.”

Ronald has a fully fit squad for Camelon’s visit.

The visitors are one of just two sides to have defeated the BUs in the Super League campaign this season winning 3-1 last November.

An earlier encounter in August’s League Cup finished 0-0.

“Camelon did ever so well last Saturday, beating Bathgate 5-1. We need to be up for it, move past the disappointment of last week and get on with it,” said Ronald.

Last Saturday’s three cup-tied players, and Walker - who was away for a wedding - are available for tomorrow.

The game kicks off at Newtown Park at 2.30pm.