Football frozen 
out in Midlothian

Penicuik Park was frozen off last Saturday
Penicuik Park was frozen off last Saturday

Not a single football was kicked in anger in Midlothian last weekend as freezing conditions gripped the county leading to postponements.

Only Newtongrange Star survived the weather, going down 1-0 in Fife to Super League champions Kelty Hearts (see match report P38).

Midlothian’s trio of Scottish Junior Cup contestants are in action this Saturday bidding to reach the last 16 of the national tournament.

New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg (kick-off 1.45pm) sees top of the East Super League Bonnyrigg Rose at home to Premier League title chasers Lochee United - who of course disposed of Penicuik Athletic 4-2 at Lochee in the third round in November. In the same round Bonnyrigg beat then top of the Premier League Jeanfield Swifts 3-1.

Lochee drew a first round bye before ousting Maryhill 4-3 at Lochee in round two, while the Rose beat Thorniewood 3-0 in the first round and Montrose Roselea 6-1 in the second round.

Both the Rose and United saw their respective league matches postponed last Saturday. Bonnyrigg arranged a friendly match played at Peffermill against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale whose own senior Scottish Cup fourth round tie away to East Kilbride was postponed at K Park. And Bonnyrigg notched a fine win by 4-2 over Thistle thanks to goals from Wayne McIntosh, Dean Hoskins, Kieran McGachie and Adam Nelson adding to Bonnyrigg’s previous unbeaten 17 game run.

Premier League Arniston Rangers also face a tough test in a ‘Battle of the Rangers’ for their own fourth round Scottish Cup tie on Saturday away to West of Scotland Super League First Division Kilwinning - who won 5-2 at Kilsyth last Saturday.

Arniston, following the postponement of their home Premier League match with Dalkeith Thistle, went to the Peffermill 3G Astro pitch to face Civil Service Strollers in a friendly match which finished 1-1.

Arniston have welcomed the return of two former Arnie players Declan Brady from Bathgate Thistle (though Scottish Cup tied) and ex-Fauldhouse Mark Aitken giving boss Jock Landells more playing options.

Arniston of course enjoyed two successive home replay Scottish Cup wins over Larkhall and Neilston in their second and third round ties while Kilwinning have put out Dalry (3-1 ) Ashfield (4-2 ) and East Super League Sauchie (2-1 ).

Fellow East Premier League Dalkeith Thistle complete the Midlothian hat-trick of Scottish Cup contestants with a tough away tie on Saturday at 2014 Scottish Cup winners Hurlford United from the West of Scotland Super League Premier Division. Dalkeith following a first round bye beat Kirriemuir Thistle 1-0 at King’s Park before winning 5-1 at Whitletts Vics in round three. Hurlford beat Fauldhouse 1-0 in a second round replay and Falkirk 4-1 in round three.