Bo’ness go top of the table

Bo'ness Boss Allan McGonigal watched his side leave it late against Carnoustie
Bo'ness Boss Allan McGonigal watched his side leave it late against Carnoustie

Bo’ness United head for Musselburgh as league leaders on Saturday following their dramatic injury-time win over previous table toppers Carnoustie Panmure.

Ross Campbell’s late goal earned United a 2-1 win at Newtown Park - but Bo’ness boss Allan McGonigal admitted he didn’t realise until later that night that his side were top of the East Superleague standings, thanks to rivals Linlithgow Rose conceding two late goals to draw at home to Penicuik.

McGonigal said: “I didn’t even know we had gone top of the league, it was only when Stevie Pitman phoned me later on that night and said that other results had gone our way.

“It’s always nice to be top of the league but to be honest it means nothing at this stage of the season.

“At the moment every team is capable of beating everyone else because they all have their top 10 or 11 players available and fit, but once injuries and suspensions kick in that’s when the teams with the stronger squads come into their own.

“It’s important that you use your full squad. On Saturday we made three substitutions and they all had an impact and that’s what you want from your subs.”

The Bo’ness boss was pleased with the character and determination shows by his side against Carnoustie, after they had yet again conceded the first goal.

He said: “We’re making it hard for ourselves because we keep giving the first goal away but we kept going and once we got the equaliser I felt there was only going to be one winner.

“Getting the winner so late give everyone a great sense of euphoria and there was no way back for Carnoustie at that stage.

“But we got the win and we move on to Musselburgh. They had a tremendous result last week, winning 5-1 at Sauchie, and go to the Junior Cup final last year. I watched them in that and felt they were unlucky to lose.

“It’s always a difficult place to go but we just have to make sure we try to impose ourselves on the game and hopefully we will get the result we want.”