After six months on the road Bo’ness United return to Newtown Park where the first
stage of the redevelopment has been completed. The club are grateful to Camelon
Juniors for their cooperation in providing Carmuirs Park as a temporary home while
the task was being completed.
Work will continue at Newtown Park, not only on the planning and building of the
community hub but the overall upgrading of ground and facilities. The players have
already sampled the new pitch at their training sessions over the last two weeks and
on Saturday the supporters will get their first look at an already radically changed
Tranent Juniors provide the first opposition and it is a tough start to the new era for
the BUs. The sides met on no less than five occasions last season, Bo’ness edging
with three wins to Tranent’s two. The last meeting was in a League Cup tie at
Foresters Park, where Bo’ness looked down and out only to come back for a great
win. The BUs scored early against the run of play through Michael Gemmell but an
Iain Syme own goal and a superb Bradley Barrett strike saw Tranent ahead at half
time, looking more comfortable than the score suggested. A Fraser Keast cross cum
shot just after the break brought Bo’ness level before an Ian Black penalty restored
the home side’s lead. Another Michael Gemmell counter changed the game and a
transformed Bo’ness scored another two goals through Craig Comrie and Ross
Campbell to beat a shell shocked Tranent.
All the games were played in Tranent apart from the ‘home’ league game at
Camelon. Indeed, you have to go back more than ten years for Tranent’s last visit to
Newtown Park. That was an East of Scotland Cup semi-final replay, the BU’s winning
by the odd goal in three, both strikes from Paul McKinlay.
Currently top of the table Tranent are another side who have vastly improved in
recent times, winning both the East of Scotland and Fife and Lothians Cups in 2017.
Tranent also triumphed in the King Cup last season and finished third behind Bo’ness
in Conference B to qualify for the top division this time round. Tranent are
establishing themselves as a top team in the East of Scotland League and have
aspirations to go further.
Bo’ness United also have ambitions beyond the East of Scotland League but know
they must improve their overall results. The BUs showed great determination to come
from behind twice at Newtongrange, three goals from Brian Morgan cancelling out
and eventually overhauling strikes from Scott Jamieson and Kayne Paterson. The
three draws in the league so far have all seen Bo’ness come from behind, again an
illustration of determination but the manager and players have identified the need to
prevent unenforced errors in defence while converting a greater percentage of
Saturday is a big day for Bo’ness United with the much-anticipated homecoming but
it is also an important opportunity to continue progress in their Premier Division
campaign, the chance to move even further up the table. Tranent will be up for the
game particularly after their home defeat to Dunbar in the Alex Jack Cup but Bo’ness
United are also determined to get their return to Newtown Park off to a good start. A
large home support should be in place and will make their presence felt while
encouraging the players all the way.
25 September 2019