The 2013-14 junior soccer season kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) and current East Region Super League champions Linlithgow Rose can expect no favours when they host Broxburn Athletic.
Bossed by former Rose man Stevie Pittman, Broxburn have raised their game having made the transition to the Super League, according to Mark Bradley.
The Rose coach (pictured) is looking forward to the new 16-team Super League, created at the expense of the traditional season-opening League Cup sections.
He said: ‘‘We had a short close season and a pre-season but the players are shaping up really well and are desperate for competitive football to begin.
‘‘Things will be different with the new 16-team league set-up but I think it is a good thing and I’m looking forward to it. We go into the new season as league champions but that’s all behind us.
‘‘It’s a clean sheet and we want to get off to the best possible start.
‘‘I’m taking nothing for granted but wins against Broxburn on Saturday and Hill of Beath in midweek would be ideal. I think any coach would be happy with six points from those two games.’’
Meanwhile, at Newtown Park, Bo’ness coach Alan McGonigal has admitted he is unsure about his best line-up for the opening day visit to St. Andrews.
He said: ‘‘Saturday cannot come quickly enough for myself and the players.
‘‘We’ve had a good pre-season and if we can be focussed we’ll be fine at St. Andrews. I think we have a strong pool of players and they have shown good discipline and a good attitude.
‘‘It would be rash to make predictions about winning trophies at this stage but we would hope to go out and play attractive football’’.
McGonigal added: ‘‘To be honest I don’t know yet what my starting line-up will be at St. Andrews.
‘‘You could ask the committee to pick the team and I don’t think any two selections would be the same.
‘‘I think that’s a good thing because it shows we have some depth to the squad and that there is competition for a place in the team.’’