BO’NESS United suffered a pre-Halloween horror at Carnoustie last weekend, crashing to a 5-1 defeat.
With boss Allan McGonigal telling the Journal and Gazette: “We humiliated ourselves and I can only apologise to the supporters.”
The boss will be hoping Broxburn - who overcame the BUs 3-0 in Paul Ronald’s last game in charge - don’t prove to be the bogeymen tomorrow (Saturday) in their East of Scotland Cup clash.
McGonigal was unimpressed with his side’s showing in Angus, which broke their seven game unbeaten run, saying only four players would gain pass marks.
He felt all the recent positive publicity had gone to some of their heads. While also crediting Carnoustie, he said: “As far as I’m concerned the players didn’t apply themselves properly.”
Looking to the Broxburn trip, and with a wave of injuries, McGonigal said: “We are essentially down to the bare bones.” He was hoping to sign a striker this week.
Hamilton, Snowdon and Walker are still struggling, Wallace has a fractured foot, and Hislop is getting a twisted knee scanned today. East Fife have recalled David White.
Meanwhile the only horror story for Linlithgow Rose came early on in their 2-0 victory over Musselburgh.
After only two minutes of the game, in-form, Ruari MacLennan rounded the keeper only to miss an open goal from close range, leaving his manager in disbelief.
“He still doesn’t know what he’s done,” Rose manager, Mark Bradley said. “He got some stick for it after the game, but he was raging with himself. The good thing is he remained focused, and played well for the rest of the game.
“Even when something goes against our players, they remain focused, which is very pleasing for us.”
The Rose can laugh off the miss after the 2-0 victory put them eight points clear of Bo’ness United, at the top of the table. However Bradley is hoping for a much improved performance in this weekends’ league tie with Kelty Hearts.
“The way we went about this game annoyed me,” he revealed. “After Musselburgh went down to nine men, it seemed like we were content to take the foot off the gas, and that’s not good enough.
“It’s hard to be critical of the boys though, they have been in such great form this season.”
Tomorow’s match was supposed to be an away game for Bradley’s men, however, due to work at Kelty’s park, it has been moved to Prestonfield.