This Saturday sees all three local Premier League clubs in action in Midlothian, with the undoubted ‘match of the day’ at New Victoria Park where runaway Premier League leaders Newtongrange Star are at home to third top Dalkeith Thistle.
Both the Star and the Thistle won crucial championship matches last Saturday, with the Star hitting their 70th goal of the season in an excellent 3-2 win away at Ballingry Rovers. Meanwhile Thistle grabbed their 60th goal of the season, beating visitors Penicuik Athletic by 2-1 at King’s Park.
While Star beat Thistle 4-1 at Newtongrange in their early League Cup section game, it was honours to Dalkeith in the League the Jags winning 2-1 at King’s Park in October.
Meanwhile, following February’s East Region Junior FA meeting, the Star were awarded three Premier League points against Dundee Violet who failed to fulfil a fixture due at Newtongrange in late December. Violet were also docked three points and fined £750, also having to reimburse Star £150for out of pocket expenses. Violet have appealed the decision and their case will be heard at the March meeting of the East Region Junior FA.
Penicuik Athletic have a rare home game on Saturday, their tenth Premier League match of the season, entertaining Oakley United, who have played five more league games and are 13 points better off. It will be the first meeting of the two teams this season, with Penicuik chasing only their second championship win.
Bonnyrigg Rose will travel back to Lochee, this time to visit local United in the Super League having been there to beat Lochee Harp 4-0 two weeks ago in the first round of the East of Scotland Cup. This too is a first meeting this season of United and the Rose, with the hosts only playing their seventh league fixture of the season. For second-top Bonnyrigg it will be number 13.
Also on their travels this weekend are third-top Arniston Rangers. Following their fine 2-2 away draw at Livingston United on Saturday, this weekend sees them go down to East Lothian to tackle Tranent Juniors at Foresters Park in the South League. Tranent were only edged out of the Fife and Lothians Cup last Saturday on penalties to Super League Linlithgow Rose and the Belters, who beat Arniston at Newbyres Park 2-1 in September, will be chasing a league double over their Midlothian visitors.
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