IT’S back to league business for both the Rose and Bo’ness this weekend.
While the weather has played havoc w ith the junior football card in recent weeks, the fact that Linlithgow are at home to St Andrews tomorrow (Saturday) the fixture has a better chance than many of being staged. For fans rallied to a call to help repair and prepare the pitch after last weekend’s East of Scotland Cup tie again Livingston.
Fresh after their 5-1 win over Livingston last weekend, club coach Mark Bradley said: “I want to thank the fans for helping out last Sunday, we really appreciate their hard work if it helps ensure our game goes ahead. St Andrews will be a tough match as they are currently bottom of the league. Although there is no relegation this season, no team wants to be in that position and they will be looking to cause an upset.”
Bradley added for the first time this season, he has a full squad to choose from which is good for a manager but not for players who will be sidelined. The Rose play Carnoustie (away) next Saturday, January 5.
Bo’ness travel to Midlothian where they take on last season’s Super League champions Bonnyrigg.
The BUs defeated them 4-2 in October and their opponents are currently in ninth spot with seven points from six games.
But boss Allan McGonigal said: “I think the secret is, they have been caught up with the big Scottish Cup and games have mounted up for them and they have had a horrendous injury list.
‘‘They are as good as any team in the league with their full-strength team.”
He said his players would be champing at the bit for a game.
“We are all playing catch up with Linlithgow. They have set the benchmark. It’s up to everyone else to catch them and that’s what we endeavour to do.”
While disappointed at the postponement of the Broxburn clash, he would rather have had that than a game abandoned.
The boss is hopeful of bringing in a couple of fresh faces to his squad in January, which could result in two or three players moving on.
*BO’NESS United Supporters Club has new travel arrangements in place, after last Sunday’s EGM. It was called when contract provider A and A Mason stopped trading.
From several quotes, members chose Livingston firm Harlequin to supply their transport until the end of the season.
After a vote, the cost for league games is now £8 return for adults/OAPs and £3 for kids (up to 16 years). It was previously £5 and £2. Cup game prices may vary, with no £10 cap.
Fans heard from chairwoman Pauline Ashe that the supporters club’s long-term future could not be guaranteed unless the true cost of subsidised bus fares was recognised.