WIN, lose or draw tomorrow (Saturday) Bo’ness United coach Paul Ronald will take time to sit back and ponder the pros and cons of a season which at one time promised so much for the Newtown Park side.
Whilst delivering a third successive East Region Super League title was always going to be a tall order, it was on the cards until the season imploded with a string of bad results through April.
However, there have been signs of recovery in the last couple of weeks with United putting together a brace of more than solid performances.
But with tomorrow’s opponents, Carnoustie Panmure, holding up the table and staring relegation to the Premier League in the face, the result is not a foregone conclusion.
Said United coach Paul Ronald yesterday (Thursday): ‘‘They held us to a 3-3 draw at Newtown Park and they are fighting for Super League survival.
‘‘I expect it to be a tough game, we have only our pride to play for as the result is meaningless in terms of our final league position. I’m expecting an honest performance and three points though.’’
United have several players serving out suspensions which will influence the way Ronald sets out his stall at Carnoustie.
And, once the dust settles tomorrow, he will take time out before sitting down with his assistant Willie Wilson and the BU committee to map out a strategy for next season.
The squad will be stood down from tomorrow and pre-season training will commence towards the end of June.
‘‘I’ll take a few days to clear my head,’’ said Ronald, ‘‘before beginning to think about what went right and what went wrong this season and where I want to be going next season.’’