Midlothian Junior Football round-up

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IT’S an incredible 13 weeks since Penicuik Athletic played a competitive match at Penicuik Park.

But they do hope to come out of hibernation on Saturday with a home clash against East Premier League toppers Newtongrange Star.

Last Saturday saw the Dalkeith Thistle v Penicuik Athletic Premier League match at King’s Park postponed for the third week running.

Meanwhile, just down the road at New Victoria Park, Newtongrange Star were notching their 60th goal of the season in their 24th match to edge visiting Tayport by just the one goal to earn all three precious points.

That was the Star’s 13th Premier League match of the season and their ninth win. By comparison, Penicuik have only played six league games and scored 33 goals in their total of 16 outings this season. Cuikie have a lot of catching up to do and a tough challenge against Alan Miller’s men.

Meanwhile on Saturday, third top of the Premier League Dalkeith Thistle hope to get back into action with an away visit to Fifers Oakley United.

Thistle drew 5-5 against them at King’s Park on the first Saturday of November, and United will be trying to recover from last Saturday’s 7-0 defeat to second top Ballingry Rovers.

Thistle’s 14th Premier League clash of the season will see them looking for their sixth championship win.

An emotional time for all at Bonnyrigg Rose following the passing and funeral of club favourite Jackie Myles last week.

It ended with their 0-0 draw away to Sauchie last Saturday in the Super League. Musselburgh Athletic also observed a minute’s silence prior to their Scottish Cup tie at home to Pumpherston.

Jackie Myles junior was made captain for the day at Musselburgh, who drew with Pumpherston in a six-goal thriller .

Third top Bonnyrigg, chasing their sixth league win, will reach the halfway point in their 22 game Super League season this Saturday as they entertain Camelon Juniors at New Dundas Park.

Camelon – who beat the Rose 3-1 at Carmuirs Park 3-1 back in September – and the Mariners will be featured in tonight’s (Thursday) draw for the fifth round of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.

Third top of the South League, Arniston Rangers had their away game at Stoneyburn frozen off in early December, and the Gorebridge men head that way again this weekend for Arniston’s next South League fixture.

Stoneyburn had their home game against Falkirk last Saturday frozen off while, on the artificial surface, Spartans held visiting Arniston to a thrilling 3-3 draw in Edinburgh with Ossie Osbourne’s men hitting their 40th goal of the season in their 21st outing.

And this will be Arniston’s 12th South League match of the season, compared to a lowly six played by Stoneyburn so far.

Match reports in this week’s Advertiser

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