Match Preview 2018 2019
Bonnyrigg Rose, Central Taxis East of Scotland League Conference B, New Dundas Park, Saturday 13 April 2019
Bo’ness United would love to do what only one team has managed this season, that is to get a win against Bonnyrigg Rose. Apart from their loss against Deveronvale in the Scottish Cup Bonnyrigg have not tasted defeat and in Conference B of the East of Scotland League the only points dropped was an early draw at home to Dundonald Bluebell. The Rose have swept all before them having already won the Conference to qualify for the League Championship play offs, and retain an interest in all the local cup competitions.
Included in their unbeaten run Bonnyrigg easily beat Bo’ness at Newtown Park in November although the BUs were not helped by suspensions, injuries where they only had eleven signed players available for selection. Keiran McGachie had already scored twice before Andy Shirra pulled one back from the spot. In the second half Dean Hoskins and a third from McGachie completed the scoring on a Saturday Bo’ness will want to forget.
New Dundas Park has not proved a happy hunting ground for Bo’ness, their last win there over four years ago. Darren Gribben and Zander Miller were on the mark that day to give the BUs all the points. In the early part of last season Ewan Moyes, Lee Curry, and Dean Hoskins did the damage with Bo’ness unable to respond.
All things point to a very difficult day for Max Christie’s troops although the players have shown great determination in recent weeks. They have also demonstrated a significant level of fitness as illustrated coming through two cup ties in four days both including extra time. Bo’ness won against Tynecastle on Saturday and on Tuesday a thrilling cup tie at Newtongrange went all the way to sudden death penalties, Bo’ness evenually going through after Andy Murphy made a second save allowing Ross Campbell to fire in the winning kick. The Bo’ness task could be made more difficult as the two ties may have taken their toll in terms of injuries. Only on Saturday will the picture become clear when the team is announced.
Bo’ness, having a place in the top League guaranteed along with Bonnyrigg already Conference winners might lead observers to think this will not be a competitive game. That is not the case as Bonnyrigg are keen to maintain their unbeaten league record while Bo’ness want to continue their recent winning run. The BUs also want to make up for their disappointing display in the game earlier this season, and the last few visits.
There have been more than a few great games witnessed at New Dundas and hopefully Saturday will be the same with a sizeable turnout by the BU Faithful to cheer the players on.
11 April 2019