Bo’ness United to kick off Lowland League season against Rangers B as Shire heads to gala
The schedules for the new campaign were released on Tuesday along with other exciting Opening Day fixtures, all taking place on July 17, including Bonnyrigg Rose hosting Celtic B at New Dundas Park and Berwick Rangers hosting Caledonia Braves.
United will travel to C&G Systems Stadium in Dumbarton, which will be the home of Rangers B for the season, as they are the first test for the young Gers in their unique season in the Fifth Division.
Meanwhile, Shire will kick off the campaign with the reverse of the match that ended his 2020/21 Lowland League season after being cut short due to Covid-19.
The Borders side left Falkirk Stadium with a 2-2 draw on December 16.
United and Shire then have their first home games of the season the following midweek with Bo’ness hosting Gala on Tuesday July 20 and Shire hosting Vale of Leithen on Wednesday July 21.
Derek Ure’s team ends July with the following matches: Rangers B (H) on Saturday 24, Berwick Rangers (A) on Tuesday 27 and Cumbernauld Colts (H) on Saturday 31.
The rest of the opening month for Max Christie’s men is as follows: Dalbeattie Star (H) Saturday 24th, Edinburgh University (A) Tuesday 27th and Vale of Leithen (A) Saturday 31st.
After facing the new Rangers B squad in their opener, United face Celtic B at Newton Park on Saturday, August 7 while Shire takes on Young Hoops at Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie, their home for the season. on Saturday November 3. .
This season’s festive fixtures see United welcoming Gretna 2008 on Boxing Day as Shire heads to public service strollers.
Then, on New Year’s Day, the two teams will meet for the first of two league fixtures at Falkirk Stadium.
Shire and United were supposed to face each other twice during the holiday season last season, but those meetings were never played as the season ended a few weeks before.