Semi-final berths taken to the wire

There are still two sections to be concluded in the East Juniors Dechmont Forklift League Cup with both featuring big games tonight to settle the last two semi-final spots.

Section C sees Broxburn, Bonnyrigg and Penicuik all vying for top spot with the latter two playing each other tonight.

With five games played and 11 points each things are tight and to complicate matters, Broxburn have lodged a protest over their draw with Livingston, who apparently played an ineligible player.

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Broxburn are now claiming the two points dropped which would give them a two-point advantage over Bonnyrigg.

Bonnyrigg manager, Max Christie, has other problems as he explained: “We have five players all out injured and to play against a side like Broxburn, who will be up for this one, is a huge task for us. We’ll need to be at our best. It’s a must-win game for us.”

Elsewhere in the section, Penicuik are at home to Spartans and Edinburgh entertain Pumpherston.

Section D has only Haddington and Newtongrange in contention and they meet tonight at Haddington with the visitors holding a one-point advantage over their opponents.

Haddington boss Steve McLeish is still of the opinion that whatever happens they have had a good start to their season. “For a small club like Haddington to even be in the mix for a League Cup semi-final place is a great achievement,” he said.

“It’s a massive game for us and one we’re looking forward to. This will be a tester for us just to see how far away we are from promotion. But we have a bit of quality in the squad so who knows what will happen?”

The other games in the section sees Dalkeith at home to Tranent tonight but last night Musselburgh travelled to Arniston and the home side’s new manager, Steven Osbourne, had to suffer a 6-2 defeat on his debut.

Meanwhile, in Section B, the final two ties will be played out after Fauldhouse and Stoneyburn drew 2-2 last night but tonight’s West Calder v Whitburn and Blackburn v Harthill games are academic as holders Linlithgow have already qualified.