Nithsdale Wanderers

Bo’ness Athletic v Kennoway Star Hearts (League)

Newtongrange Star v Bo’ness Athletic (Cup)

East of Scotland League Cup Second Round

Ormiston Primrose v Bo’ness Athletic (League)

Drumchapel United

Bo’ness Athletic v Leith Athletic (Cup)

What a roller-coaster ride it was for Bo’ness fans as their team clinched a heart-stopping victory in the King Cup quarter finals against a determined Leith side. With the net bulging nine times, Bo’ness emerged victorious with a 5-4 score line in a match that had pulses racing from start to finish.

Leading the charge for Bo’ness was none other than Cunningham, who showcased his scoring prowess with another hat-trick, adding to the one from the previous game. Heaver and Duncan also got in on the action, ensuring Bo’ness secured the win, although not without a few nail-biting moments courtesy of Leith’s spirited comeback in the dying minutes.

The match kicked off with Bo’ness on the attack, eager to make their mark early on. Shanks and Cunningham combined well, but their efforts failed to find the back of the net. Heaver tried his luck from distance, but it was a routine save for the Leith keeper. However, it wasn’t long before Cunningham broke the deadlock with a stunning strike from outside the box, sending the fans into raptures.

As Bo’ness continued to press forward, Leith fought back, testing Bo’ness keeper Currid with a few close attempts. But Bo’ness doubled their lead thanks to a defensive blunder from Leith, allowing Cunningham to pounce and slot home his second of the game. With a comfortable lead, Bo’ness seemed in control, but Leith had other plans.

A penalty awarded to Leith brought them back into contention, and just before half time, they drew level, setting the stage for a tense second half. Bo’ness, however, came out firing on all cylinders, regaining their lead with Heaver’s goal. Cunningham then completed his hat-trick with a typical clinical finish, putting Bo’ness firmly in the driving seat and a further goal from Duncan gave Bo’ness a total of 5.

With the game seemingly out of reach for Leith, they staged a remarkable comeback, scoring two quick goals to pile on the pressure. But Bo’ness held firm, thanks in part to a heroic clearance from Paterson to deny Leith an equaliser. When the final whistle blew, it was a moment of jubilation for Bo’ness fans, celebrating a hard-fought victory.

However, amidst the celebrations, there was a bitter pill to swallow as it emerged that Bo’ness had inadvertently fielded a cup-tied player, leading to their expulsion from the competition. It was a disappointing end to what had been a thrilling contest, but Bo’ness can take pride in their performance and look ahead to future battles on the pitch with Leith Athletic.

Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 5 – 4 Leith Athletic
The King Cup Quarter Final

Coldstream V Bo’ness Athletic (League)

Bo’ness Athletic v Armadale Thistle (League)

Bo’ness strengthened their grip on the top spot by edging past Armadale Thistle in a tense encounter on Saturday, securing a vital 2-1 triumph. The gusty winds played a pivotal role, particularly favouring the home side in the opening half. Notably, a pair of sensational strikes from Heaver and Cunningham in this period sealed the win in what proved to be a gritty battle against the resilient Armadale outfit.

The momentum was evident from the outset, with Bo’ness launching their first attempt just three minutes into the match. A lengthy throw-in from the left flank found its way into the Armadale box, where Heaver latched onto a clearance, unleashing a thunderous effort only to be denied by a routine save from the opposition keeper.

The relentless pressure continued as MacDonald showcased bravery, reclaiming possession on the touchline. A swift exchange with Cunningham saw MacDonald surge past Armadale’s defence, but his subsequent attempt failed to trouble the keeper. Nonetheless, Bo’ness persisted, with Ogilvie delivering a teasing cross towards Cunningham, narrowly missing the mark.

A moment of brilliance arrived when Cameron’s long throw found Heaver, who mesmerisingly evaded five Armadale players before his shot lacked the desired power, rolling wide of the post. Bo’ness kept pushing, with Robertson’s deft back-heeled pass setting up Heaver for another testing effort, gathered by the Armadale keeper.

In the 17th minute, Bo’ness came agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock. Ogilvie intercepted a loose pass, driving forward and supplying Cunningham with a pinpoint cross, only for the Armadale keeper to produce a stunning diving save to deny Ogilvie’s subsequent header.

However, Bo’ness eventually found their breakthrough just a minute later. From a short corner, Snedden’s delivery was initially cleared but fell invitingly to Heaver on the edge of the box. With conviction, Heaver unleashed a ferocious half-volley, leaving the keeper rooted to the spot as the ball nestled into the net, sending the home crowd into raptures.

As the first half progressed, Bo’ness continued to assert their dominance, doubling their lead in the 35th minute. Paterson’s tenacity in midfield won possession, allowing Robertson to release Heaver down the left. Heaver’s precise cross found Cunningham, who soared above the defence to nod home, marking his second consecutive headed goal.

Approaching halftime, Robertson tested the Armadale keeper once more with a fierce strike, albeit comfortably gathered.

The second half saw Armadale seize the initiative, capitalising on the wind advantage. Despite both sides struggling to create clear-cut opportunities, Bo’ness opted for four substitutions to inject fresh impetus into their gameplay.

In the 64th minute, Armadale clawed their way back into contention. A well-worked move culminated in a low shot deflecting off Paterson and sneaking past the Bo’ness keeper at the near post, breathing new life into the contest.

A nervy spell ensued for Bo’ness, as Armadale pressed for an equaliser. However, resolute defending and a few missed opportunities from Armadale saw Bo’ness weather the storm, ultimately securing a hard-fought victory.

The result sees Bo’ness extend their lead at the top, with Thornton Hibs hot on their heels, displacing Armadale Thistle from second place. With the season entering its decisive phase, Bo’ness must maintain their winning momentum to fend off their challengers and clinch the coveted title. Today’s triumph epitomises their determination to rise to the occasion when it matters most.

Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 2 – 1 Armadale Thistle
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 22

Kyle Connolly

Bo’ness Athletic v Edinburgh United (League)

In a rescheduled fixture, Bo’ness extended their commanding lead at the summit of the table in emphatic fashion, orchestrating a resounding 6-0 thrashing of Edinburgh United. A brace apiece for Cunningham and Ogilvie, supplemented by strikes from Robertson and Weir, propelled Bo’ness to an overwhelming victory, a result that, with a touch more fortune, could have seen a larger scoreline.

The evening kicked off with Bo’ness immediately asserting their dominance. A mere two minutes into the clash, a lofted ball found its way to Ogilvie, who adeptly chipped the onrushing goalkeeper from just beyond the six-yard box, setting the tone for the hosts. Moments later, MacDonald unleashed a thunderous effort from the edge of the 18-yard box, only to be denied by the woodwork, as his strike ricocheted off the right-hand post.

In a scene reminiscent of the opener, Cunningham found himself through on goal shortly thereafter, yet his attempted lob failed to trouble the vigilant goalkeeper, who gathered the ball comfortably. However, it was Edinburgh who nearly levelled proceedings in the 10th minute, with their No. 7 finding space between Bo’ness’ centre-backs, forcing Currid into a spectacular diving save to preserve his side’s clean sheet.

The encounter continued at a frenetic pace, with MacDonald and Heaver both going close for Bo’ness in quick succession. However, it was Robertson who doubled Bo’ness’ advantage in the 35th minute, showcasing exquisite control before calmly slotting the ball past the advancing keeper. Despite MacDonald’s eagerness to get on the scoresheet, his subsequent attempt sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

As the second half commenced, Bo’ness wasted little time in asserting their dominance once more. Cunningham rose highest from a corner to nod home Bo’ness’ third, effectively putting the result beyond doubt. Edinburgh, however, found themselves denied twice within a second, as appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears, as twice the ball was deflected off Woodburn, but with arms in a natural position the referee gave nothing.

Ogilvie came agonizingly close to adding to his tally in the 51st minute, rattling the woodwork with a curling effort, before finally finding the net once again, courtesy of MacDonald’s deft assist. Bo’ness then opted for a double substitution in the 65th minute, with Duncan and Weir entering the fray, the latter making an instant impact by adding his name to the scoresheet shortly thereafter.

The introduction of young talent in Connolly injected further energy into Bo’ness’ attack, with the promising prospect showcasing glimpses of his potential. With Heaver wreaking havoc down the right flank, Cunningham completed his brace with a clinical finish from close range, as Bo’ness continued to pile on the pressure.

Despite numerous opportunities to extend their lead, including Cunningham’s near misses and Connolly’s spirited attempts, Bo’ness ultimately settled for a comprehensive 6-0 victory, securing yet another clean sheet for the ever-alert Currid between the posts. From the outset, Bo’ness appeared in control, with Cunningham’s early strike setting the tone for a dominant performance, further solidifying their pursuit of the 2nd Division title.

Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 6 – 0 Edinburgh United
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 21