BSC FACE WHITEHILL IN MUST-WIN CUP MATCH
BSC vs Whitehill Welfare, KO 19.45 :: Scottish Sun Plus Lowland League Cup, 22nd April, Lochburn Park
There’s only one option BSC will hope for when they face Whitehill Welfare in the Scottish Sun Plus Lowland League Cup showdown at Lochburn Park on Wednesday evening. Win, and make the last eight.
In what will be the two sides third and arguably most crucial meeting of the season, BSC will hope to take encouragement from their recent run of good results, including Chris McDougall’s late equaliser against Gretna 2008 on Saturday.
Unbeaten in six, and sporting only one loss in nine, Broomhill, have produced excellent performances in Cup play, having already booked their place in the SFA Challenge Cup final at the end of May.
The entire squad, including Manager Iain King, can only wish that Wednesday night’s challenge would come even sooner.
He commented: “I’m really looking forward to the game, it's a big chance for us to advance in another Cup competition.
"We felt we deserved more than a point in the last league game with Welfare (ended 1-1), and if we produce the same level of performance that we did then, we have every chance of going through.”
King’s side will be boosted as well by the return of midfielder Tony Wallace, who has missed the past three matches due to suspension and illness.
“I’m feeling good after tonight and really looking forward to the Cup game,” commented Wallace after training on Monday night. “Hopefully the break has helped me, and I’ll be fine for Wednesday.”
Whitehill will prove a tough challenge for the BSC boys as they visit Lochburn for the second time this season. Despite having seen the recent departure of Manager Mike Lawson, newly appointed head man Grant Carnie will be looking for his first win, after losing 3-2 to Gala Fairydean Rovers over the weekend.
Past meetings and past results will mean nothing come Wednesday, with both sides fully aware of what is at stake: A spot in the League Cup Quarter Finals, and, an added bonus for BSC, a home draw against rivals East Kilbride.
King said: “East Kilbride in the last eight is a big lure I must admit. But, the main appeal is that we would have a home tie and we have started to make Lochburn a place to fear for visiting sides.”
Wallace, who has been in must-win situations before, is confident that both he and the rest of the squad are up for the challenge.
He said: “The boys are fine knowing we need to win. It’s a tricky situation if you only need a draw, but knowing we need a win gives us no option other than to go for it.
“Hopefully on the day that's what we'll do, and we’ll progress to the next round of another Cup!”