Another Saturday, another road trip for the BU Faithful, this a time a journey to
Musselburgh Athletic for an Alex Jack Cup tie. This trophy represents a chance to
play in the Scottish Cup, the winners going into a playoff with the South of Scotland
League counterpart for a place in next season’s tournament. After last season’s
disqualification from the tournament due to fielding an ineligible player, the BUs are
keen to make amends this time round.
Musselburgh have not had the start to the new season they hoped for with only one
League win from four and are already out of the Football Nation Cup, going down at
Preston Athletic. Their league win was at home to Sauchie Juniors and they did have
a comprehensive six goal demolition of Peebles Rovers in the first round of this cup.
Their league losses were at Crossgates Primrose, Dunbar United and at home to
Bo’ness and Musselburgh clashed towards the end of last season in the final of the
League Cup at Penicuik Park, the BUs triumphant thanks to a single Ryan Stevenson
goal. It was a tight affair and despite their early form, the game at Olivebank Stadium
is likely to be the same. Bo’ness only have to go back just over three years to their
last visit to Musselburgh for the first league game of that season to be reminded of
how difficult a place Olivebank can be for visitors. The BUs were confident of a
positive result that day but despite having most of the play, they lost to a late Connor
Taking nothing for granted, Bo’ness go into this match knowing they are capable of
victory. They won well at Newtongrange in the previous round, playing some great
football and at Jeanfield Swifts last Saturday it was different qualities on show, with
grit and determination resulting in a narrow win courtesy of a first half Brian Morgan
Bo’ness want to continue their early season winning run and the BU supporters will
be there to do their bit to encourage the players into the next round.