bo’ness’s plans were burst

Manager Allan McGonigal.
Manager Allan McGonigal.

Bo’ness United manager Allan McGonigal thought he was being wound up upon being told that his team’s Scottish Junior Cup tie at Dalry was off.

Allan and his players were all set for the clash on a beautiful sunny Saturday, only to have their plans wrecked by a burst pipe at the Ayrshire side’s Merksworth Park ground.

“I thought it was a joke when the call came through from Dalry at 9.22am last Saturday to say that the game was off,” Allan said. “I was in the midst of writing out the team sheet.

“But unfortunately it wasn’t a joke.

“Apparently the park had been bone dry but this burst pipe soaked the bottom end of it and caused the postponement.

“I was absolutely gutted we didn’t have a game. There is nothing worse than a blank Saturday.

“Five Bo’ness supporters’ buses were due to go to the game, which was incredible.

“I know one group lost their £100 bus deposit and were gutted.

“I ended up going to watch Linlithgow Rose’s Scottish Cup match with Stirling Albion.”

Burst pipes permitting, Allan believes that Bo’ness – boosted by the return of Roddy MacLennan who was on holiday last week – will beat Dalry in the rearranged game this Saturday.

The gaffer added: “I’m still confident about beating them.

“We are going down there with a decent squad of players and should hopefully win.”

Bo’ness warmed up for the clash by beating local side Blackburn United 4-1 in a hastily arranged friendly thanks to goals by Colin Strickland, Stuart Hunter, Fraser Keast and Ross Philp.