Match Preview 2018 2019
Sauchie Juniors, Central Taxis East of Scotland League Conference B, Newtown Park, Saturday 09 March 2019
It’s back to League business for Bo’ness United as Sauchie Juniors visit, both teams desperate for the points that will see them promoted to the top division of the East of Scotland League next season. Two second half goals from Fraser Keast and Ryan Stevenson saw the BUs manage a good win against Tynecastle in the King Cup last Saturday but the Sauchie match is likely to be the most difficult manager Max Christie has had to face in his short time at Newtown Park.
Bo’ness were fortunate to win a share of the points at Beechwood Park in December in a scoreless draw where Sauchie spurned a number of good chances to get the win. A welcome point for the BUs under the circumstances although Brian Morgan was red carded just before the end and he will hope to remember this weekends’ game for more positive reasons. Morgan was one of the former Sauchie players who turned out for the Clackmannan side in last years encounter at Newtown Park, Iain Syme and Craig Comrie also in their ranks that day. Indeed it was Brian Morgan who equalised for the visitors after Willie Wells had put them ahead only for Ross Campbell and Ryan Millar to turn the game, albeit temporarily, in Bo’ness’s favour. Ryan Millar now plays for Sauchie, other former BUs Craig Donaldson and Darren Cummings also at Beechwood Park.
Sauchie were unlucky to lose at home to Hill of Beath in the King Cup on Saturday only going out after a penalty kick shootout. They won their last two league games at Eyemouth and versus Tynecastle although missed the first two weeks in February, both games postponed. They lost the match before that against Bonnyrigg. Sauchie are just outside the top five although the games on Saturday could see several positional changes in the table. A win for Bo’ness will see them maintain their second top spot but if they slip up they could find themselves back to third or possibly even fourth.
Bo’ness want to win on Saturday, not only to keep the second top place but also to put some distance from the teams behind them. They have home advantage and will benefit from their noisy support as well as being driven on by an ambitious management team. A hard game is in prospect and Bo’ness know they will have to work hard to earn any reward.
07 March 2019