After the comprehensive win against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in their first East of Scotland League match, Bo’ness United now face Crossgates Primrose at Newtown Park in the first of three meetings on consecutive Saturdays.
This weekend is the Football Nation East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, a competition open to all members of the East of Scotland Football Association, including some teams now plying their trade in the Lowland League.
Crossgates made an impressive start to the season, finishing second in their League Cup qualifying section. Playing against three former East Region Super League teams, Primrose drew with Linlithgow Rose and at Penicuik before beating Sauchie Juniors away. They also crushed Eyemouth in the Alex Jack Cup, the second round being the third meeting with Bo’ness at Humbug Park in two weeks time. However, they lost out at Dundonald Bluebell on Tuesday in their first League match, conceding seven goals although scoring three of their own. A former Junior side, Crossgates finished mid-table in last Season’s East Region South Division although they have heavily recruited, signing at least eleven players in the close season. They visited Newtown Park just over four years ago in the Fife and Lothians Cup, the BUs triumphing scoring four goals without reply. Steven Hislop bagged a brace while Zander Miller and Nicky Walker scored one each. The next three matches are unlikely to be so easy this time around.
Bo’ness have scored fifteen goals in their last two games, including two hat tricks from Ross Campbell. The five against LTHV were by far the more impressive given Thistle were runners up in last season’s Title race and, although they have lost a few players during the summer, were still being seen as one of the favourites for this year. The BUs played well from back to front, beginning to end and fully deserved their victory. Hopefully something for the management and players to build on, but nothing will be taken for granted.
With so many varied results in the early part of the season it is still difficult to predict how Bo’ness will fare although if they are able to achieve consistency with similar performances as Wednesday they should be OK. Saturday presents another opportunity to assess progress and with some good displays there should be a few more in the crowd to cheer on the BUs.