Relegation fight for local teams

THERE’S a nervous couple of weeks in store for fans of two local Junior football clubs, as their teams battle to avoid relegation.

Newtongrange Star are currently sitting bottom of the ACA Sports East Superleague following their disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tayport on Saturday.

Star had been 1-0 up in the game after six minutes of the second half, before Tayport equalised and went on to net the winning goal in the 83rd minute.

With just two Superleague games left to play – both of them away from home – Star have a battle on their hands to avoid the drop.

This Saturday will see Star travelling to face Lochee United, currently top of the league after beating Bonnyrigg Rose 3-2 at New Dundas Park at the weekend.

Star’s final league game is another away encounter – this time taking them to Hill o’ Beath Hawthorn, who are currently occupying fourth place in the league.

Only two points above Newtongrange are Musselburgh Athletic, who were due to play Bonnyrigg Rose last night (Wednesday) before taking on Tayport on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in the ACA Sports East Premier League, Star’s near neighbours Arniston Rangers also find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle.

Arniston are in a slightly better position than Newtongrange, however, as they are currently sitting third from bottom.

Saturday’s game saw Arniston suffer a 4-0 defeat at Newbyres Park at the hands of St Andrews United, a result which saw the Fife team crowned as Premier League champions for 2011.

This Saturday, Arniston are away to second-bottom placed Whitburn, before finishing the season with two home games – against Broughty Athletic and Thornton Hibs.

Broughty are currently lying in mid-table in the league, while Thornton Hibs languish in the bottom spot.

Match reports in this week’s Advertiser (May 5).