On Tuesday we welcome Bonnyrigg Rose to Kelty for a Lowland League fixture under the bright lights of New Central Park.
Kelty are coming off a bitterly disappointing 3-2 loss to Stranraer in the Scottish Cup on Saturday evening. After building up a 2-0 lead in the first half it would ultimately end in defeat after a last minute penalty decision sent the Maroon Machine crashing out the Cup Competition. In the Lowland League things look brighter for Kelty as we look to build on a six point lead at the top of the table.
Bonnyrigg Rose also head into Tuesdays crucial league match after taking Championship side Dundee FC to extra time in the Scottish Cup. Rose lead twice, following a pair of Lee Currie goals from the Penalty Spot, but in the end Dundee were able to avoid a Penalty Shootout winning 3-2 at Dens Park. The Midlothian side currently sit 4th in the Lowland League, seven points behind the league leaders with one game in hand.
Head to Head
Bonnyrigg are no strangers to Kelty and New Central Park having played in the old East Superleague. Within the Pyramid however the two sides will be meeting for only the second time after last seasons 3-2 win for the Maroon Machine here at New Central Park.
1,510 supporters turned out for, what would ultimately be, last seasons title decider between these two. An early Ross Philp goal on 15 minutes was quickly off set by a signature Lee Currie free kick before a wonderful strike from Dylan Easton put Kelty ahead 2-1. A Nathan Austin goal (assisted by none other than Scott Linton) gave Kelty a 3-1 lead heading into the half. Despite a great deal of pressure and a George Hunter goal in the second half Kelty hung on for a 3-2 win that took us 6 points clear on our way to our first Lowland League title.
Last 3 meetings:
Kelty Hearts 3-2 Bonnyrigg Rose
Kelty Hearts 3-0 Bonnyrigg Rose (East Superleague – 03/06/17)
Bonnyrigg Rose 0-0 Kelty Hearts (EOS Cup QF – 17/05/17) Bonnyrigg Rose win on penalties.
Players to Watch
Andy Rodgers could make his debut in Maroon on Tuesday evening after being cup tied during our Scottish Cup tie on Saturday evening.
Rodgers has already found the back of the net on 8 occasions this season, after 8 starts with The Shire, and finds himself joint-third on the Lowland Leagues Top Goalscorers table for the 2020-21 Season.
Where to Watch
This Tuesdays Lowland League Match will again be Streamed live in HD on KeltyHeartsTV. You can purchase HERE
Shaun, Kieran and the rest of the team will be back to run you through all the action live.
Use #KHLive on Tuesday to give use your thoughts before, during and after the game.
Match Preview by Shaun Spedding