It’s a battle of the Athletic’s this Saturday in the Super League as Broughty Athletic welcome seventh-placed Broxburn Athletic to Whitton Park in their first home league game of 2017.
Broughty will be looking to get three valuable points on offer following a run of four defeats then three recent draws in the Super League. Broughty’s last league victory was on the 1st of October, winning 1-0 at home against third-placed Penicuik Athletic. Since then defeats against Carnoustie Panmure, Camelon, Bo’ness United, Kelty Hearts and three draws against Linlithgow Rose, Jeanfield Swifts and more recently a 1-1 away to Newtongrange Star has seen the Fed gain only 3 points out of a possible 21 points on offer.
Visitors Broxburn sit seventh in the league table, two places behind the Fed, three points adrift having played one game more so a home win for the Whitton Park side is vital to maintaining their position of fifth in the table. Broxburn’s three previous league fixtures saw them draw 1-1 away to Camelon last Saturday and win twice in previous weeks 3-0 at home to Carnoustie Panmure and 3-1 against Lochee United. Previous scorelines between the sides saw Broxburn record 2-1 victories in both the home and away fixture. So a hard game is in store for both sides come Saturday at Whitton Park.
Broughty go into the game undefeated in their last three league games, coming back from 2-0 down against Linlithgow Rose to draw 2-2, scoring late on to secure a point at Jeanfield Swifts and more recently let a 1-0 lead slip in the dying minutes against Newtongrange. Manager Keith Gibson will carry out late fitness tests on a couple of key players following knocks they received in last Saturday’s draw. Still missing for the Fed will be Ross McCord, pictured above, who is suspended, Jake Mair and John Sinclair, who are both ruled out injured.
All fans are reminded this game is a 1-45pm kick off at Whitton Park. Admission prices are £6 for Adults and £3 for Kids/OAPs. The Broughty Pie Shop will be in operation for anyone wishing a bite to eat, with hot food on offer, before or during the game on what will be a cold Saturday afternoon.
The main picture above is Broughty’s Paul McLellan against Broxburn at Whitton Park back in April 2016…