Broughty Athletic travel to New Victoria Park in Dalkeith this weekend to face eleventh-placed in the Super League, Newtongrange Star. The Fed will be looking to get back to winning ways following their narrow 2-1 defeat away to Penicuik Athletic last Saturday.
Hosts Newtongrange currently occupy eleventh spot in the league having played twenty games, one less than Broughty. They trail the Fed by seven points so a win for Jamie McCunnie’s men would put double figures between the sides as we head towards the season end.
Newtongrange were on DJ Laing Cup duty last Saturday and romped home 8-0 against Premier League side Whitburn. Their previous three Super League fixtures have seen them lose twice against Bo’ness United, 1-0, Broxburn Athletic, 2-1, but record a 4-0 away win at Forfar West End. They themselves will be looking to get a win come Saturday and pull away from the relegation and play-off spots so a hard game is in store for both sides.
The previous scoreline between the sides saw Broughty take the three points in a 1-0 win at Whitton Park back in September 2017, striker Kevin Milne scoring the only goal in the first half of the game. Last season’s scorelines saw both games finish level, 1-1 at New Victoria Park in January 2017, photo above of Broughty’s Ryan Blair during that game and 2-2 at Whitton Park in April 2017, both games the Fed were ahead in the game.
As for the Fed, six players were missing in last Saturday’s defeat, namely captain Graham Hay, Fraser Smith and goalkeeper Chris McPherson and manager Jamie McCunnie is hoping one if not two of them will be back in the side come Saturday, time will tell. Most definitely in the squad and pushing for a starting place is recent loan signing Danny Cavanagh having signed on Tuesday night from senior side Montrose FC.
All fans are reminded this game is a 2-30pm kick off at New Victoria Park, home of Newtongrange Star.