Carnoustie come calling

BO'NESS UNITED impatiently await the Scottish Junior Cup winners at Newtown Park tomorrow after a glorious win at Tayport on the opening day of the season.

Jimmy Sandison said his players were ''magnificent'' apart from a small spell in the second half and thoroughly deserved their three points.

''But if we don't beat Carnoustie on Saturday then all that good work at Tayport is undone,'' said Jimmy, ''because after all, you get the same three points for beating Carnoustie as you do for beating Tayport.''

He hopes to have tied up 19-year-old goalkeeper Ross Hunter from Hutchison Vale after his five-star show as a surprise trialist at Tayport.

Mark Cairns had done his calf in at training and the idea was to play John Martin Snr and put young Hunter on the bench but at the last minute, Sandison decided to throw Ross in at the deep end.

John Martin figured in the game for all the wrong reasons too for referee Steve Crighton sent him off after Tayport's penalty equaliser.

The Bo'ness No.2 was also dismissed at Tayport last season but this time it was a misunderstanding according to manager Sandison.

Said Jimmy: ''He deserved to be sent off last season because he was doing my head in at the time although he got off with a slap on the wrist but last Saturday was a complete misunderstanding considering he was having it out with his son John Jnr and Martin Mooney and not the referee.''

Irrespective, Mr Martin can expect to be called up in front of the beaks to explain himself.

Carnoustie Panmure turned out to be the surprise team in the East of Scotland last season when they bounced straight back up to the Super League after being relegated and won the OVD Scottish Junior Cup by beating Tayport in a penalty shoot-out.

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Panmure have had an indifferent start to this season's campaign. They lost 0-1 to Linlithgow Rose in the Super Cup semis and again at home in their opening Super League match last weekend to Bonnyrigg Rose (2-3).

They have much the same team as last season with only Murray McDowell and Kevin McDonald added.

A 4-0 home win in a friendly against Arbroath Vics was the one bright spot but they have a feisty striker in Ralph Brand who didn't like being man-marked and was sent off against Linlithgow.

Ritchie Montogomery on the left is an awkward customer and ex-Dundee star Bobby Geddes combines goalkeeping duties with coaching the side.

Jimmy Sandison, quite rightly, is more concerned with how his own team plays and what he'll probably hammer home to them this week is: "Last season's experience tells us that it's just as hard against the bottom three teams as it is against the top three and after going down to Bonnyrigg, Carnoustie will be dangerous opponents.

"They are Scottish Junior Cup holders after all and have a reputation to protect. If we can come out the other end of one of the toughest starts any Super League team could face, then we'll be ready for anyone.

"After Carnoustie, we've got two local derbies against Camelon (away) and the Rose (home) "

He added: "If we can take something from all of those games then that's a more than decent start."

The Bo'ness boss has been drumming into his troops that they are capable of beating anyone in this league and they have nothing to fear from any opponent.

''Before the game at Tayport, I just told them that we went there with a makeshift team towards the tail-end of last season and beat them so we had nothing to fear this time round,'' said Jimmy.

He added: ''We musn't get carried away with one win at Tayport though.''.