Football: Midlothian teams chase silverware

Dalkeith v Jeanfield
Dalkeith v Jeanfield

Many congratulations to Alan Miller’s Newtongrange Star who have won the Premier League title following Ballingry’s defeat on Saturday.

The result, which means Nitten can’t be caught in the title race, was cause for double celebrations as they triumphed in the East of Scotland Cup third round.

A 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Lochee United at New Victoria Park – after a 0-0 battle – means the Star now prepare for a quarter final visit to Musselburgh Athletic at Olivebank. Meanwhile, Dalkeith Thistle dropped out of the top four promotion placings in the Premier League following their late 2-1 home defeat to Jeanfield Swifts at King’s Park on Saturday.

Thistle were due in action earlier this week at Super League Broxburn Athletic for a tough quarter final tie in the Fife and Lothians Cup.

Fellow Premier League side Penicuik Athletic saw their promotion hopes knocked with a home defeat to Tayport on Saturday. Midweek sees them away to Oakley United, then on Saturday they are at home to bottom-of-the-league Broughty Athletic.

Bonnyrigg Rose, while winning 4-1 away at Oakley United on Saturday in the Fife and Lothians Cup third round, saw Camelon nudge past them into second spot in the Super League this week.

Meanwhile, Bonnyrigg still chase double silverware this Saturday in a home tie in the quarter finals of the Fife and Lothians Cup against Fifers Hill o’ Beath.

They have already reached the East of Scotland Cup semi final and that home tie against Premier League Jeanfield Swifts. Bonnyrigg still have three Super League games left to play including a visit to Linlithgow.

South League promotion chasers Arniston Rangers won 2-1 away at Falkirk last Saturday. They are away to Blackburn United tomorrow.

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