Winter washout for local football teams

Newbyres Park, Gorebridge on Saturday
Newbyres Park, Gorebridge on Saturday

It’s the second last Midlothian Junior football weekend of the year coming up, following a complete washout last Saturday.

This Saturday, five top home games will take place in the country, weather permitting, and only Newtongrange Star again are featured away from home following two successive postponements away at Fauldhouse United.

Still awaiting their 13th Super League match of the campaign, six wins, six defeats, Nitten are now due to visit Carmuirs Park to take on Camelon who are one point behind the Star but Alan Miller’s men have played two games fewer.

This will be a vital first meeting this season between the Mariners and the Star with Camelon in action last Saturday in the only Super League game played at Olivebank where Musselburgh Athletic won 2-1 to see the Burgh go top of the Super League, displacing Bonnyrigg Rose in pole position.

So just who will be celebrating Christmas at the top of the Super League?

After last Saturday’s postponements Bonnyrigg Rose slipped out of the top place after their home game against St Andrews was washed out but former top of the league Penicuik Athletic will be at home to new table toppers Musselburgh on Saturday in a cracking festive season local derby with the Honest Toun team seeking to avenge an early-season 3-2 midweek defeat at Olivebank.

Both teams are out of the Scottish Cup and the league race is top of the agenda now. Both teams have played 15 league games as the halfway point in their 2015-16 league
campaign is reached.

Any share of the points there could afford Bonnyrigg the chance to go back on top this weekend if the Rose can dispose of their visitors Fauldhouse United, whom Robbie Horn’s men dumped 4-0 at Fauldhouse back in September.

Meanwhile, Bonnyrigg were one of three Midlothian junior clubs, together with Dalkeith Thistle and Arniston Rangers, featured in the draw due yesterday (Wednesday) for the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup to see who they will meet early in the New Year in the last 32 of the national
tournament.

Arniston Rangers were listed in that ballot but will be hoping it’s third time lucky this Saturday for their already twice postponed third round replay against East Renfrewshire’s Neilston Juniors, after last month’s hard-earned 1-1 draw at Neilston.

The only Premier League game played last Saturday saw Haddington Athletic lose out 3-1 at home to formerly second bottom Montrose Roselea. Haddington this weekend are due to visit Dalkeith Thistle at King’s Park in another Midlothian v East Lothian local derby clash.

With the Hi Hi two points better off in the Premier League than the Jags – who, however, have two games in hand over Johnny Harvey’s men – it should be a close encounter.

South League’s Easthouses Lily MW are in seventh place this week in the adjusted league table following the departure of Fifers Crossgates Primrose who went out of business.

Lily’s 8-0 November home win over Crossgates is now deleted.

All South League games were off last Saturday due to the bad weather so it’s fingers crossed for this weekend as Easthouses are at home at the Newbattle Complex to entertain third bottom Fifers Lochgelly Albert who are some five points behind the Lily who are hoping to add to their seven overall wins this season.