It has been a long time since the Rose and Bo’ness were last sitting on top of the Super League championship table.
Although it’s still early days in the league campaign, the clubs remain unbeaten after their first four matches of the season and sit two points clear of their nearest rivals.
Both Bo’ness and Linlithgow are at home tomorrow (Saturday) and managers Allan McGonigal and Mark Bradley are keen to ensure they will still be on top come 4.15 p.m.
BU boss McGonigal said: ‘‘It’s pleasing considering where we were last season. They players have worked really hard and they deserve the plaudits.
‘‘Sauchie is a hard place to go and despite us scoring early on, we were not at our best. They never allowed us to play our passing game but we also never took advantage of the chances we created.
‘‘We have earned the right to be where we are as we have only lost one goal in four matches and that was down to a disputed penalty.’’
BU player Will Snowdon will, if he plays, make his 200th appearance for the BUs against Newtongrange. The BU boss said of the player who joined in July 2007: ‘‘It’s great for any player to achieve 200 matches with one club. I re-signed Will up on a two year deal at the start of this season, that says it all about what I think his qualities are to the side.’’
On facing Alan Miller’s newly-promoted side, McGonigal said: ‘‘His side will be well-organised and disciplined but it will be up to us to do the business, especially at home.’’
At Prestonfield, the Rose face Kelty Hearts, who have made a poor start to the new season. But despite a 10 point difference between the sides, Rose boss Bradley will ensure that his players are not complacent.
Bradley said: ‘‘Kelty have had a hard start to the season but they will be looking to stop their bad run at our ground. They have a young side with plenty of experience and we will have to be on our game to beat them.
‘‘I have been happy with the team’s performances away from home but we need to tighten up at home and I will be telling the players to do so.’’