Bellshill hope to be thorn in Rose’s side

ON TARGET: Bellshill's opponents Bonnyrigg celebrate a goal in their third round win over Edinburgh United.
ON TARGET: Bellshill's opponents Bonnyrigg celebrate a goal in their third round win over Edinburgh United.

Bellshill Athletic will be hoping the weather holds up as they once again prepare to take on East Region giants Bonnyrigg Rose in the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup.

The game was called off on Saturday as the junior card was wiped out by the weather.

Initially there were hopes that the game would go on but following an inspection the tie was called off on the grounds of player safety.

The match has been rescheduled for this Saturday with a place in the last 16 of the junior game’s showpiece competition up for grabs.

Bonnyrigg have won the cup twice before, in 1966 and 1978, and got to the semi-finals in 2012, the year they also landed the East Superleague title.

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

He said: “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 this. We will give everything and see where it takes us.”

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

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.

That match was also called off last Saturday and was rearranged for this weekend.

It could be a significant one come the end of the season as Irvine are of the sides being targeted by Thorniewood in their survival bid.

The Viewpark side remain bottom of the table while Irvine are ninth, but while they are eight points above Thorniewood they have played three games more.

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

The Bellshill Supporters’ Club bus for Bonnyrigg will leave The Orb at 12.15pm.

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