Bonnyrigg Rose, Central Taxis East of Scotland League Conference B, Newtown Park, Saturday 03 November 2018
Bonnyrigg Rose visit Newtown Park this Saturday for what will be the biggest challenge of the season so far for Bo’ness United. The game provides the ultimate test as to their progress but will prove even more difficult as injuries and suspensions will deny BU Manager Steven Kerrigan a significant number of key players.
Last weekend saw both Ross Campbell and Will Snowdon red carded at Dundonald and Josh MacDonald still has one game of his suspension to go. Craig Comrie will be available after his deferred ban. Fraser Keast and Joshua Watt are both injured but hopefully Stuart Hunter will have recovered. Devon Jacobs played the last few minutes at Dundonald and can hopefully be able to play some part this Saturday
Bonnyrigg have continued the good form from their Super League Championship win season this year and sit proudly at the top of the table this time round, favourites to win the Conference, the League itself and promotion to the Lowland League. They are undefeated in the league so far only dropping two points at home to Dundonald in the early part of the campaign. Indeed, Bonnyrigg’s only defeat this season was their loss at Deveronvale in the Scottish Cup.
Last season’s home game against Bonnyrigg was late on and it produced a great fightback from the BUs after they looked dead and buried before making a great comeback. Early in the second half Ross Gray put Bonnyrigg three goals up following strikes from Kieran McGachie and Ewan Moyes before the break. Calum Scott pulled one back for the BUs and things got interesting when Will Snowdon scored. With five minutes remaining Marc Kelly got the equaliser and just before the end Bo’ness might have had a penalty as Kelly looked to be fouled going through on goal. It was not to be but the BUs showed great spirit even to get the draw.
Bo’ness have games in hand over the teams above them but need to keep winning points to ensure they stay in touch. There may be plenty games yet to be played but the BUs want to keep their unbeaten record and although to get anything from Saturday’s game will be an achievement three points would confirm Bo’ness’s competitiveness while maintaining their challenge for the top.