Bo'ness United manager Max Christie: We MUST take down Streamers in Scottish Cup
Bo’ness United boss Max Christie says this Saturday’s Scottish Cup second preliminary round clash at Coldstream is a must-win game.
Bo’ness, seventh in the Lowland League with 18 points from nine games, will start as hot favourites at Home Park against a side currently ninth in Conference A of the East of Scotland League, two tiers below Bo’ness.
“We’ve got to go to Coldstream and win,” Christie told the Journal and Gazette. “We are under no illusions and making no excuses.
“We’ve got to prepare properly, compete properly and go and win the game.
“That’s the top and bottom of it.
“It’s a big game for the club and a Scottish Cup run is always welcome.
“We’ll be expected to win and we’ve got to go and play well.
“Winning a couple of rounds in the cup would really boost the profile of the club.
“I think past cup runs have been remembered fondly at the club and it’s a thing that the supporters, committee and the whole club gets behind.
“It would be a real bonus and a lift for everybody associated with the club to get a good Scottish Cup run.”
If Bo’ness are to progress, one of the Coldstream dangermen they’ll need to stop is prolific striker Buster Briggs.
Christie added: “Buster Briggs? I just remember Buster Brown’s which is a nightclub I used to go to in Market Street in Edinburgh.
“Saturday nights, I grew up in that place!
“I don’t know much about Coldstream, to be honest.
“I’m not being disrespectful at all, it’s just that we’ve not had much opportunity to go down to see them as I’m sure they’ve not had much chance to see us.”
Bo’ness go into the match having not played last Saturday, as their scheduled league game at Gretna 2008 was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
But there is better news on the player availability front, with skipper Chris Donnelly, striker Zander Miller and defender Bryan Wharton all in contention to face Coldstream after recent injury problems.
“We had a bounce game on Tuesday night and Chris – out for three weeks with a groin problem – played, so that was really encouraging,” Christie said. “Good to see him back and, hopefully, there’s a couple more coming back.”