The Gorebridge football team that wouldn’t die

Arniston Rangers win promotion
Arniston Rangers win promotion

Arniston Rangers’ last kick of the season clinched the fourth and final promotion place back to the Premier League after a nightmare year for the club.

As their match at West Calder United went into the 93rd minute still goal-less, it seemed that the Gorebridge side wouldn’t secure the win they needed to end their one year stay in the South Division.

The club were on the brink of closure last August, leaving the players playing for no wages all campaign.

Club secretary Alan Walker praised manager Steve Osbourne and his staff.

He said: “To get up with the last kick of the ball was unbelievable, it didn’t look good but once the ball went into the back of the net it was pandemonium.

“I can only say a big thank you to the management and the staff for getting Arniston back to where they deserve to be. They have done a great job with limited resources. We were virtually half an hour away from folding at the start of the season.

“The players have had to play for nothing, so I take my hat off to them.”

Read more on this on the back page of the June 13 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.