Midlothian Junior footballers set to return

Arniston Rangers will be hoping for similar scenes on Saturday
Arniston Rangers will be hoping for similar scenes on Saturday

The second half of the Midlothian Junior football season kicks off on Saturday at 1.45pm as the local six clubs return to competitive action following the festive break with attractive games, weather permitting.

Penicuik Athletic at home in the Fife and Lothians Cup and an all Midlothian Premier League clash between Scottish Cup fourth round qualifiers Arniston Rangers and Dalkeith Thistle at Newbyres Park. While at the Newbattle complex it’s Easthouses Lily entertaining Fifers Rosyth in the South League.

Meanwhile it’s away from home action for East Super League sides Bonnyrigg Rose and Newtongrange Star ‘first footing ‘ Broughty Athletic and Kelty Hearts respectively.

With the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup due next Saturday 16th for Midlothian’s Arniston , Bonnyrigg and Dalkeith the early 2016 year focus is on them to chase a winning boost for next weekend’s Scottish Cup challenges !

Bonnyrigg Rose celebrated the festive season break at the top of the Super League with 68 goals in all scored so far this season in a current unbeaten run of 17 games (81 goals netted by the end of last season) before this coming Saturday visiting Super League newcomers Broughty who have played three fewer league games so far compared to the Rose’s 15 played.

Bonnyrigg as well as defending their unbeaten run will look for a winning boost for next weekend’s home Scottish Junior Cup fourth round tie against Lochee United who of course put out Penicuik in the third round in November.

Arniston Rangers away to Kilwinning and Dalkeith Thistle away to Hurlford United are next weekend’s Scottish Junior Cup challenges for these two Midlothian clubs who warm up for those tough ties this Saturday with a Premier League local derby clash at Newbyres Park with Arnie chasing a league double having beaten Thistle 3-1 at King’s Park in midweek back in August.

Arniston with four fewer Premier League matches played are nine points behind the Jags going into the new year .

East Super League’s Penicuik Athletic ended 2015 on a sour note losing 5-0 away at Bo’ness United. The Cuikie have 26 points from 17 league games played so far trying to beat last season’s final tally of 40.

But this Saturday Penicuik are at home to South League’s Pumpherston in a second round tie in the Fife and Lothians Cup. The winners there will then be at home in round three to either Dalkeith or Rosyth whose own second round tie was washed out on in December.

Newtongrange Star last season ended fourth top of the Super League behind league champions Kelty Hearts but the Star then beat Kelty 1-0 at New Victoria Park in the first match of this new season !

Now this coming Saturday sees the rematch at Kelty with the Star boosted by their last game before the break beating visitors Linlithgow Rose 2-1 at New Victoria Park while Kelty ended their year beating second bottom St Andrews United 3-0 at Kelty .

Easthouses Lily made the move to join the East Region Junior ranks at the start of this season and at the break were fifth top of the South Division with 15 points from 10 games played, some eight points behind fourth top Dunbar who are on 23 points but the Seasiders have played three games more. The Lily finished off 215 with a fine 5-1 away win at West Calder and this Saturday they host Rosyth in the South League. It was Rosyth on their last visit to Easthouses who won a nine goal thriller by 5-4 in a first round Fife and Lothians Cup tie in October.

Rosyth have only played seven league games so far this season compared to Easthouses’ ten but Rosyth have lost four times. Easthouses will look for a wining start to the new year at the Newbattle complex.