Joy on the opening day for Midlothian’s travelling band

Bonnyrigg Rose in action against Kelty Hearts
Bonnyrigg Rose in action against Kelty Hearts

The football season was back in full swing last weekend, with mixed results for Midlothian clubs.

Both East Super League clubs, Newtongrange Star and Penicuik Athletic, put in terrific performances as they won their opening fixtures away from home.

Newtongrange were 4-2 winners at Carnoustie Panmure, while Penicuik defeated Jeanfield Swifts 3-2 in Perth.

Meanwhile, in the East Super League, last season’s champions, Bonnyrigg Rose, crashed to a stunning 4-2 defeat by Kelty Hearts who took an early three-goal lead and, while Rose made a sterling bid to claw back the deficit in the second half, they found it too steep a mountain to climb.

In the East Premier League, Dalkeith Thistle showed their battling qualities when they fought back after going behind to secure a deserved 3-2 victory over hosts St Andrews.

The Jags’ testing early schedule Dalkeith’s continued with a visit to Tranent last night, and their third consecutive away Premier League match takes place this Saturday when they travel to face Dundee Violet.

Arniston Rangers’ match against Falkirk was postponed on Saturday and was rescheduled to be played last night (Wednesday).

It proved to be a good weekend for Midlothian’s travellers when Whitehill Welfare enjoyed a 3-2 victory away to Hawick Royal Albert.

However, there was little home comfort for Easthouses Lily on Saturday, when they went down to a 5-0 defeat by Pumpherston in their opening South League fixture of the season at the Nebattle Complex.

Meanwhile, the draw for the first round of the Fife and Lothians Cup threw up a home tie for the holders, Penicuik Athletic, who will face St Andrews United. The winners will entertain Camelon.

Beaten finalists last year, Bonnyrigg Rose, were drawn away to Hoaddington, with Bo’ness awaiting the winners.

The full draw:

Haddington v Bonnyrigg;
Lochore v Newtongrange;
Sauchie v Craigroyston;
Linlithgow v Pumpherston;
Whitburn v Lochgelly;
Easthouses v Thornton;
Arniston v Crossgates;
Penicuik v St Andrews;
 Broxburn v Bathgate.

In the second round, Dalkeith Thistle will visit Dunbar.