WITH just four weeks to go until the kick- off for the 2012/13 junior football season both Linlithgow Rose and Bo’ness United are making plans to ensure that their players will be well prepared.
Both clubs have organised a number of pre-season friendly matches in the run-up and will even meet each other in the resurrected George Simpson Memorial Cup which will be played at Newtown Park on Saturday, July 21.
At Prestonfield, players return to training tomorrow (Saturday) after their summer break with Rose assistant manager Marvyn Wilson set to put the players through their paces on the first day back.
Prior to their first League Cup section match on Wednesday, August 8, at home to Stoneyburn, the Rose will play Falkirk Juniors at Grangemouth Stadium on Tuesday, August 24, at 7.15pm; a further match against Highland League side Formartine is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, at Prestonfield.
They will also host Livingston FC at Prestonfield on Wednesday, August 1, and then play Camelon in the Vic Wood Memorial Trophy on Saturday, August 4, at Prestonfield.
Bo’ness United’s pre-season training is already in full flow and so far, hasn’t fallen victim to the heavy rain.
BU boss Paul Ronald told the Journal and Gazette: “The boys are shaping up OK, it’s a matter of getting their fitness up.
“They applied themselves well, it’s just really getting focussed.”
With fixtures published for the League Cup (see right) and also the East of Scotland Cup - Bo’ness travel to Broxburn in round one - Ronald was asked if the players were champing at the bit to get underway.
While sure they were looking forward to them, he emphasised: “At the moment it’s just all about fitness.
“I don’t think the boys are looking forward to the training at the moment. It’s hard, hard work.
“Obviously they have an eye on getting themselves ready for the games when they come our way.”
Before the competitive fixtures, Bo’ness host Largs Thistle on August 4. Last year the BUs secured an away draw in Ayrshire.
Ronald sees the game as a chance to get his team into a formation for the new season.