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B Morgan (18' Pen), (56'), (82')

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By Kevin McAlpine
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Bo’ness United make a quick return to New Victoria Park only a few weeks after
beating Newtongrange Star in an Alex Jack Cup tie. This time it is Premier Division
points up for grabs and both teams hope to take advantage to improve their current
standing in the league. The BUs want to get back up the table after dropping two
places following their draw at Penicuik Athletic whereas Newtongrange are keen to
move off the second bottom spot albeit with a game in hand against Musselburgh
Athletic who are just above them.
Bo’ness enjoyed a comfortable victory in that Alex Jack tie, four goals ahead before
Newtongrange pulled one back from the spot only for the BU’s to score a fifth before
the end. A Fraser Keast double and goals from Mark McKenzie and Devon Jacobs
did the damage and although the Kayne Paterson conversion gave the home side a
glimmer of hope Brian Morgan made sure with a late penalty kick for Bo’ness.
Since that game Bo’ness have exited the Alex Jack and South of Scotland Cups at
the hands of Musselburgh and BSC Glasgow respectively. They narrowly beat
Oakley United in the Football Nation Cup and gained a hard won three points at
Jeanfield Swifts before the draw at Penicuik. Newtongrange beat Leith Athletic in the
Football Nation up but lost at Berwick in the South of Scotland Cup. They also have
gone down at Whitehill Welfare in the League.
Bo’ness’s defeat at Musselburgh was a bad day although the fight back at Penicuik
and the good display against Lowland League BSC Glasgow showed the BUs have
the potential for a good season. Bo’ness more than matched BSC, who are one of
the top sides in tier five and better finishing along with some refereeing decisions
going their way might have seen a different outcome. As it was BSC scored twice in
the first half of extra time and Mark Mooney’s first goal for Bo’ness just before the
end was just too late for a comeback.
Recent form suggests Bo’ness will be favourites to win but they were also tipped to
defeat Musselburgh and nothing is guaranteed in football. There will be no
complacency in the Bo’ness ranks and likewise the BU Faithfull know this will be a
hard fought game. Their role is simple. Get along to New Victoria Park and get
behind the team from the first whistle.
John Spowart
17 September 2019
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