Penicuik look to striker Keith Lough to help challenge for title

Penicuik's Lough ends up in the back of the net after scoring against Newtongrange
Penicuik's Lough ends up in the back of the net after scoring against Newtongrange

Striker Keith Lough believes Penicuik have their sights firmly fixed on league leaders Kelty Hearts after scoring a brace against Newtongrange.

Lough’s double, a Craig Hume header and an own goal lifted Johnny Harvey’s men up to fourth in the table while rivals Newtongrange, who had Lee Currie sent off late on in a frantic second half, sit second from bottom.

The Cuikie are on course for their best-ever finish in the Super League under the tutelage of boss Harvey, who has stamped his authority on the side since taking over in the summer, bringing an attractive, pleasing-on-the-eye style to the club.

Lough, who played predominantly as a winger last season, is flourishing in a new attacking role which is certainly reaping rewards, with Saturday’s two goals his fourth brace of the campaign.

He said: “I played on the wing last year and filled in upfront now and again, but I’m loving it, I’m thriving off it and the goals are showing that. I just need to keep my head down and keep putting the chances away.

“Johnny has brought his own style and we’re getting the ball down, creating space for each other and having a wee bit 
confidence on the ball to knock it about.

“It was a tough one with a lot to take on board with Johnny coming in.

“Once we started clicking, trusting each other on the ball, then everything started to move forward.

“We’ve scored a ridiculous amount of goals over the past eight or nine games, everything seems to be going well.

“We’re definitely looking up rather than down. Kelty are unbeaten so far and it’s hard to look past them.

“We’ll keep looking up and as long as we keep doing what we need to do, we’ll be fine.

“As long as we keep performing like we do and scoring goals, I think we’ll be up there.”

This weekend, however, the East Superleague challenge is put on the backburner as it is the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup.

Penicuik are away to Ayrshire District League side Craigmark Burtonians, while other Midlothian clubs, Arniston and Dalkeith also face away ties.

Dalkeith face a tough challenge against West Super League League First Division side Petershill while Arniston face a less lengthy trip to West Calder.

But the cup match of the day for Midlothian clubs is sure to be the William Hill Scottish Cup tie at New Dundas Park where East Superleague champions Bonnyrigg Rose will entertain Cove Rangers, kick off 3.00 p.m..