Favourites Bo’ness not taking underdogs Bellshill lightly

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Bo’ness United assistant boss Steve Pittman insists that his East Superleague giants are not taking Central Division 1 outsiders Bellshill Athletic lightly.

Bo’ness will start as overwhelming favourites in this Saturday’s home Scottish Junior Cup first round tie against the Lanarkshire side, but Pittman – in charge as manager Allan McGonigal is on holiday – doesn’t think it will be a walk in the park.

“We won’t be underestimating Bellshill,” Pittman said. “Last season they beat Arthurlie 4-0 in the West of Scotland Cup.

“It doesn’t matter who you play in the Scottish Cup, you have to be up for it from the start. We have just got to go and win the game.

“Bo’ness are one of the best supported junior sides and our fans loved it when we got to the quarter-finals two years ago.

“Everybody in Bo’ness will be looking for a good cup run again but we’ve got to take care of business.

“We have as good a squad as anybody so I don’t see why – if we keep everybody healthy and have a full squad – we can’t have a good run.”

Bo’ness go into the Bellshill tie on the back of a narrow 3-2 home McBookie.com East Superleague defeat by defending champions Bonnyrigg Rose on Saturday (match report inside).

A poor first half display saw Bo’ness trailing 2-1, before the players got a half-time talking to from Pittman which inspired a much improved second half display.

“In the first half we just stood off Bonnyrigg and gave them room,” Pittman said.

“They looked stronger than us in the first half and they looked like they wanted it more.

“It was a poor start to the game for us. They caught us cold.

“But in the second half it was a totally different game. We dominated the second half from start to finish.

“They had one shot in the second half and scored, while we had five or six shots and played really well. I was really happy.

“We were unfortunate not to take at least a point.”