EVERY Saturday William Hill’s Owen Scott and McBookie’s Paul Petrie do battle in the junior football challenge.

The dynamic duo will be putting up trebles every weekend and Owen has the bragging rights having won £49 with Paul still to get off the mark. Last weekend they both picked massive Junior Cup trebles – and not surprisingly both flopped.

For those who don’t know anything about junior football the level of the top clubs is equivalent or in some cases better than Scottish League 2 outfits and we can gauge that easier now with the champions of the three regions – North, East and West – qualifying to play in the William Hill Scottish Cup along with the Junior Cup winners.

The term “junior” has nothing to do with players’ ages and it often confuses people outside Scotland. Some of the top clubs such as Auchinleck, Hurlford, Irvine Meadow and Linlithgow pay bigger wages than most League 1 and League 2 teams and therefore attract players who could be plying their trade at a higher level.

McBookie list all games online and take bets on every junior match while William Hill only take bets in shops.

Here are this weekend’s tips from Paul and Owen.

Paul writes: “First up I am backing Hermes to beat Gartcairn at 4-5. The teams served up a 3-3 cracker although Hermes will be disappointed to be pinned back twice. And this game has an added twist after accusations on social media Hermes didn’t turn up for the hospitality after the game. There is sure to be some bad blood between the teams and I think it will be the North side coming out on top.

“Next I am going for St Andrews to beat Oakley at 20-23. It was a 2-2 draw last Saturday so Saints will know exactly what they need to do in order to progress to the next round. It is always difficult for the outsiders to perform two weeks in a row against higher opposition so Oakley will probably feel their best chance was last weekend.

“Finally, I am taking a chance on Saltcoats to beat Easthouses at a juicy 19-5. Easthouses started their junior life extremely well but they have struggled in recent weeks and could be there for the taking. Saltcoats were winning 3-0 at half-time last week so will be extremely disappointed not to already be in the next round. Easthouses can still win the game but I think the price is worth the risk.”

Paul’s treble

St Andrews
Treble pays £161.53 to a £10 stake at McBookie

Owen writes: “My ambitious treble never paid off last week but there were draws there to be backed if you could find them as 12 replays take place in the Scottish Junior Cup this weekend.

“I’m starting my treble in the West Premier and I’ve opposed this side a couple of times this season only for them to go on to win and I’m going to oppose them again this week in the hope I get it right eventually.

“I’m on Troon at 7-5 at home to a Rob Roy side that has beaten Auchinleck, Hurlford and Irvine Meadow in recent weeks but I think Troon will get the win the other sides didn’t manage after the Rabs crashed to a stunning Cup KO at home to minnows Wishaw last week.

“Arthurlie (4-5) at home to Glenafton are my next pick. The Glenafton management team know they will be in for a hot reception at Barrhead after leaving Arthurlie for New Cumnock but I reckon the home side will pick up all three points to pile more misery on the Glens after their Cup exit last week.

“To complete the treble I’m going into the Cup and I’m taking Bathgate at 13-10 to get a win at the second attempt against Greenock. It will be a tough away tie but I reckon Bathgate can do it.”

Owen’s Treble

Treble pays £99.36 to a £10 stake at William Hillk

  1. Willie McGuire 12 months ago

    Bets 8( 2 wins 3/1 & 5/1)

    Bet 9

    £10 pays £64.57

  2. malcolm caithness 12 months ago

    My Saturday Outsider

    3:25 Ascot : Leo Luna @ 20/1 betway e/w

    Leo Luna……from Gary Moore yard the 6yo has been here last year to run a hurdle race when finishing 3rd to Kaylif Aramis but last season they decided to go Chasing He’s been a winner of two hurdle races and three chases from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy , The yard must have thought they made a mistake after its first two runs Chasing when he was PU both times but thankfully the turn of the year saw it finish with those 3 chase wins, Its another step up in class today but is running off its last mark 139 although not ran for 197 days like most of the runners its who’s got there horse up to speed with Joshua Moore in saddle

    NO wins last two weeks since started

  3. malcolm caithness 12 months ago

    Sorry wrong place

  4. Willie McGuire 12 months ago

    Bets 8( 2 wins 3/1 & 5/1)

    Bet 9

    Hermes won 4-2
    Kilbirnie won 2-0
    Girvan won 4-1

    £10 pays £64.57 *****winner*****

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      Mr Fixit 12 months ago

      Willie, nice one – you’re doing well with the juniors.
      Impressed with Kilwinning today although we almost came back from 3-0 down at HT to 3-3.

  5. Willie McGuire 12 months ago

    Tough league that Paul….

    3-0 down at HT is a sore one. Bad day at the office obviously..

    Even sorer one for my local team Arthurlie beat 2-1…1-0 up and Glens were down to 10 men early doors.

    A few boys a played with and coached are at Neilston now and a great result for them in the scottish.

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      Mr Fixit 12 months ago

      Willie, we never started and they were sharper and yard quicker in the first half.
      But we made a HT change and the sub scored 2 and their keeper had a wonder save before they clinched it in injury time.
      At least we gave it a go – I was close to leaving at HT.
      Let’s hope it’s Neilston-Bankies in the next round then.

  6. Willie McGuire 12 months ago

    Paul, good shout.
    Wee game of Golf at my course Caldwell (2miles up the road from Neilston) and a scottish tie after…….!! Mon the Farmers Boys :)

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      Mr Fixit 12 months ago

      Willie, sounds good. Never played Caldwell – Fereneze is maybe the closest I’ve got.
      Enjoyed my day out at Archerfield last week though.

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