Bellshill aiming to upset cup odds at Bonnyrigg

Action from Bellshill's tie against Downfield  in the last round of the Scottish Junior Cup
Action from Bellshill's tie against Downfield in the last round of the Scottish Junior Cup

Bellshill face a tough test in their bid to make the last 16 of the Scottish Junior Cup this Saturday when they travel to face Bonnyrigg Rose.

The East Region side are former winners of the trophy, in 1966 and 1978, and got to the semi-finals in 2011-12, when they also landed the East Superleague title.

But Bellshill boss Robert Downs believes his side are capable of giving Bonnyrigg a run for their money.

Both sides go into the fourth round tie on good runs of form.

Bellshill, whose game with Dunipace last Saturday was called off, haven’t lost a league games since the opening day of the season with their unbeaten run of 11 matches pushing them four points clear at the top of ther Central First Division table.

And Bonnyrigg have lost just once in 10 East Super League matches matches since beginning the season with four defeats.

Bellshill boss Downs said: “Obviously the league is our priority this year and the cup has been a bonus.

“It’s a very tough game, they are flying and have only lost one in 10 at the moment.

“In saying all that we are in good form and more importantly the team morale is excellent,

“I can’t say enough about how well the players have performed this season and they deserve the opportunity to play in big games like

“We will give everything and see where it takes us.”

Bonny rigg manager Steven Hislop admitted his side are looking to go as far as they can in the competition.

He said: “The Scottish is a big one for everybody and it is certainly high up there
for us.

“If we are in it, we want to win it. We are at home and it’s a nice draw for us, albeit they are flying at the top of their league.”

To get to this stage Bellshill received a first round bye before winning 5-2 at Grantown and 3-1 at home to

Bonnyrigg followed a 2-1 home first round win over Inverness City with away victories at Tayport (4-2) and Edinburgh United (5-1).

Meanwhile Bellshill’s local rivals Thorniewood continue their bid to beat the drop from the Super League First Division when they travel to face relegation rivals Irvine Victoria.

The Viewpark side remain bottom of the table after their game at Rutherglen Glencairn last week was postponed.

Irvine are ninth, eight points above Thorniewood but with three games more played.

Both Saturday’s games kick-off at 1.45pm.

The Bellshill Supporters’ Club bus for Bonnyrigg will leave The Orb at

Non-members will be welcome - to book seats phone Alex Conner on 07729 378818.