Bonnyrigg go top despite ‘stuffy’ draw at home

Bonnyrigg Rose 1-1 Broxburn Athletic'' Lewis Turner takes a shot.
Bonnyrigg Rose 1-1 Broxburn Athletic'' Lewis Turner takes a shot.

Despite a stuffy draw at home to Max Christie’s Broxburn Athletic, second top Bonnyrigg emerged from this game as league leaders.

They top the table by five goals and still have two games in hand over previous leaders Penicuik, while other title chasers Bo’ness and Linlithgow both lost.

Bonnyrigg travel for their next two Saturdays firstly in the league to Hill o’ Beath this coming Saturday then next Saturday to visit top of the Premier League Jeanfield Swifts in the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup.

Bonnyrigg were tipped to collect all three points on Saturday but it didn’t quite work out that way.

In heavy rain with a good start from the Rose uphill they took the lead in the ninth minute when Fraser McLaren’s corner bobbed around the Broxburn penalty area before Andrew Kidd’s header hit the visitors’ net .

The visitors deployed an offside game to try to restrict the Rose and to some extent it worked as Broxburn came more into the contest with McIntosh hitting the net in 12 minutes only to be ruled off side. Mike Andrews in the home goals had been little tested before a 20th minute raging shot from Kieran Anderson just missed the target. In reply McIntosh set up McGachie but his shot was superbly tipped over by Gary Maley in the visitors’ goal.

But it was 1-1 in 27 minutes following an Anderson corner flapped at by Andrews producing a goalmouth scramble finishing with Andy McQuillan forcing home the Broxburn equaliser, with more than a suspicion of handball.

The second half left it all to play for with the expected Rose downhill pressure not realising a home winner, making heavy weather of it despite pressing corners.