Arniston could prove tough nut for Bonnyrigg to crack

The match of the day in the Dechmont Forklift League Cup takes place at New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg, when the Rose take on their local rivals Arniston.

Super League side Bonnyrigg should start as favourites but Arniston have enjoyed a super start to their league cup campaign and will be a stiff test for Alan Miller's men,

Miller said: "Manager Brian McNaughton has done another great job in pulling together almost a new side again. Every year he gathers a squad then loses them at the end of the season.

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"It's a good local derby with a lot of local interest. It's two good footballing sides playing against each other with the supporters getting the best of it."

Arniston boss McNaughton has been busy pre season, not playing games but signing up fresh talent, including Jordan Cropley, Blair Tolmie, John Paul, McLennan and Mattie Lynch. He said: "It's now become a very open section with teams taking points from each other. We signed these young lads and they have a lot of experience for their age.

"They have been with Senior clubs and if they do well then they can step back up.

"Bonnyrigg are a good side and we'll need to be at our best to beat them but we beat Musselburgh so the players are looking forward to the game enormously."

Penicuik are at home to Musselburgh following their disappointing result at Tranent. They now have no chance of making the semi-finals so may use this game as another step in their preparations for the Premier League. Musselburgh are still in with a shout and will be looking to pick up the points.

Whitburn host Bo'ness and will be looking for a huge improvement in their fortunes. It looks like a long and hard road back to the big time for Whitburn as Super League holders Bo'ness go from strength to strength. It may be some time before these two teams meet in the Super League again.

Newtongrange play West Calder with neither side in contention for a semi-final spot.

It's close in Linlithgow's section but they will be looking to boost their goals tally when they play Pumpherston tomorrow. Spartans are at Armadale and on the tight pitch may find themselves struggling.

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Bathgate are at home to Sauchie who are still in contention for a semi-final place should Camelon stutter. Bathgate's home record is good and, although they have only one new face in the squad, should prove too experienced for the Clackmannanshire side.

Tranent have had a string of good results already this season. They play Dunbar who pushed Bonnyrigg to the limit on Wednesday night.

Tranent striker Mel Graham is already attracting attention. They have kept the section wide open after beating Penicuik.

Edinburgh are at home to Fauldhouse with Blackburn and Stoneyburn enjoying a local derby. Broxburn play Dalkeith.