Broughty Athletic travel to face Linlithgow Rose at Prestonfield Park this Saturday in their opening fixture of the new 2016/17 season.
Following on from last season’s tenth place finished in the league, the Fed will be looking to improve on their first season in the Super League, following their play-off win over Armadale Thistle in the Premier League the previous season, and finish higher up the league.
Broughty will have new signings James Collier, Ross McCord, and Ryan Blair in the squad looking to make the debuts against Linlithgow and Fed manager Keith Gibson will be keen to use his new signings for the whole game or part of it.
Three times Super League winners and Saturday’s hosts Linlithgow Rose finished in third place with sixty points compared to Broughty’s thirty-nine points last season and will no doubt be competing for the top places come the end of May next year. Both sides tasted victory last season each their own patch, Broughty with a 3-2 win at Whitton Park,(Jay Smart in the picture above) with Jamie Winter scoring the third and decisive goal, and Rose with a 2-1 win at Prestonfield Park (the main picture with Fed keeper Iain Ross).
Broughty’s hosts were also undefeated in the league at Prestonfield last season, winning eleven of their home games with four drawn, so a hard task is ahead for Broughty come Saturday.
Broughty will go into the game with a couple of injury doubts in the squad after a great pre-season campaign, winning four out of five games but at a cost, most noticeably attacking winger Grant Lawson, who will be out for several weeks with a foot injury and defender Frankie Lannen with a recurring foot injury suffered in the 3-1 win against Slyne with Hest FC Saturday past.
All fans are reminded this game is at Prestonfield Park, the home of Linlithgow Rose, and kick-off is at 2-30pm.