BU to face Auchinleck

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BO’NESS United have been drawn against Scottish Junior Cup favourites Auchinleck Talbot in the semi- final of this year’s tournament.

The draw made at Hampden yesterday (Thursday) by Scotland manager Craig Levein paired the BUs with Talbot, who beat local rivals Linlithgow Rose in the third round of the cup earlier this season. The other east region side still in the cup, Musselburgh will compete with Dalry in the other semi-final tie.

The semi-final is two-legged, with the BUs heading to Auchinleck on Saturday, April 16 with the return at Newtown Park on April 23.

BU boss Willie Newbigging said after the draw: “Personally, I ideally wanted to meet Auchinleck in the final but you have to beat the best to get there and that is what we will aim to do. Auchinleck are favourites and have a great Scottish Junior Cup history but the semi-final is over two legs and hopefully we can surprise the bookies. It will be an exciting match to say the least.”

While the BUs boss now looks forward to the forthcoming Scottish Cup ties, he apologised unreservedly to fans earlier this week for his team’s performance against Camelon in the league.

After his side were on the losing end of a 2-1 result at Carmuirs Park, he told the Journal and Gazette that he could have blamed the bumpy pitch or the officials from being incompetent, but in reality there was only one excuse - his team were rotten!

He said: “We were very poor, we lacked urgency and we had no spark. To go from the highs of last week in the Scottish Junior Cup to what was on display last weekend was an unbelievable low. It was our poorest performance of the season. It was a minor blip and I hope we can bounce back from this against Hill of Beath.”

Newbigging added: “We are a good side and we know that we can play football so I will be looking for these players to get back on track as we have a number of matches to play before the Scottish Cup semi-final dates.”

As the transfer deadline was set to close last night, the BU boss said he was still actively looking to strengthen his side. One player leaving Newtown Park is Ross Hamilton, heading for Bathgate.

The BUs are away to Hill of Beath (tomorrow) and Newtongrange on Tuesday, ko 7.15pm, in the league with Kelty Hearts (April 9) in the East of Scotland Cup third round.