Midlothian Junior Football Round-up

Dalkeith Thistle v Dundee Violet
Dalkeith Thistle v Dundee Violet

This weekend sees four of the five local clubs at home, while league leaders Newtongrange Star are away to Bathgate Thistle.

Bonnyrigg Rose have a double task in bouncing back from a 2-2 draw at Broxburn Athletic last Saturday and seeking to avenge a 1-0 defeat at the hands of this Saturday’s visitors, Musselburgh Athletic.

Another superb win by Dalkeith Thistle – beating visiting Dundee Violet 5-2 – puts Willie Pearson’s men into second top of the Premier League behind Newtongrange. The Jags entertain fellow promotion chasers Tayport at King’s Park this Easter Saturday, poised just two goals short of their 70th for the season.

Thistle have just five games left to play in their stunning debut season in the Premier League to see if they can secure a dream ticket to next season’s Super League, joining the likes of Bonnyrigg and Newtongrange.

Also in super form just now are South League’s third top Arniston Rangers, who overcame second-top hosts Haddington Athletic 3-0 on Saturday to see Rangers move to just one point behind the East Lothian men with four games in hand. This Saturday, Arniston take a league break to entertain Premier League’s Armadale Thistle at Newbyres Park in that weather-hit second round East of Scotland Cup tie from earlier in the month.

Newtongrange are to host a second round East of Scotland Cup tie after Camelon beat hosts Edinburgh United 1-0 last Saturday.

Penicuik Athletic tried in vain to get a Premier League fixture played last Saturday, first at Penicuik Park then switched to Bathgate’s Creamery Park, but both pitches were unplayable so another frustrating day for the Penicuik men who are due to entertain Glenrothes.

Runaway league leaders Newtongrange are now on the 44 point mark, but they stumbled on Saturday, losing 4-2 away at Jeanfield Swifts. Star look like returning to the Super League after two years “downstairs”.

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