It may be the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup fourth round this coming Saturday but, alas, not for Midlothian clubs.
All are out of the national tournament following Penicuik Athletic’s belated exit at the hands of Super League Kelty Hearts. It was the ninth attempt and had been transferred to Blairwood Park, home of Oakley United, on Saturday.
However, a rich choice of league fixtures this weekend sees action at Dalkeith, Newtongrange and Arniston, with only Bonnyrigg Rose out of town, away to Sauchie.
For Scottish Cup action look to Musselburgh Athletic at home to Pumpherston.
Third top of the East Premier League, Dalkeith Thistle will entertain Penicuik Athletic at King’s Park on Saturday. It will be Thistle’s 14th league match of the season, compared to Penicuik’s seventh as the Athletic’s season has been hugely interrupted by that Scottish Cup tie at Kelty.
Craig Meikle’s men will be seeking to bounce back from that cup exit, but Dalkeith will be equally keen to maintain their fine run, following their 7-1 home win over Lochgelly Albert last Saturday in the first round of the Fife and Lothians Cup.
Super League third top Bonnyrigg Rose netted that fine hat trick of consecutive league wins on Saturday – adding Broxburn Athletic’s scalp to that of Boness United and Hill o’ Beath – with a 2-1 victory at New Dundas Park.
Sauchie are next up for Max Christie’s men after Sauchie surprisingly lost out 4-1 on penalties away last weekend to Premier League’s Broughty Athletic after a 1-1 draw.
Now, with Super League toppers Linlithgow away to Arthur lie and second top Boness away to Dundee Violet in the Scottish Cup this weekend, the Bonnyrigg men could cut their deficit behind Boness to just one point with a win at Sauchie.
And the Midlothian club have a game in hand looking to grab second top place.
Third top of the South League, Arniston Rangers had a solid 5-1 away win at Harthill Royal on Saturday. This confirms their promotion-chasing status behind second top Haddington Athletic, who lost their pole position to Fauldhouse United with a 4-2 defeat on Saturday.
Whitburn have slipped to fourth place after they lost 2-1 at West Calder.
Mid table Spartans Juniors are set to visit Newbyres Park on Saturday, following Spartans own 3-1 away win at Falkirk last weekend with three precious league points up for grabs .
Top of the East Premier League, Newtongrange Star stumbled their way out of the Fife and Lothians Cup second round on Saturday at the hands of Ballingry Rovers – losing 2-0 at New Victoria Park for the Star’s first defeat of 2013.
Nitten, still poised on 59 goals for the season so far, go into game number 24 on Saturday at home to Tayport in a Premier League clash which Star need to win to maintain their promotion ambitions.
These two sides battled out a goalless draw at Tayport in November, so in this rematch both teams will be seeking goals to collect all three points, with Star fans eager to celebrate their first home goal of 2013.
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