KEVIN McDonald has urged fans to judge his Musselburgh side from now on after they brought Bo’ness United’s unbeaten start to the season to a halt.

Goals from Matti King, Conor Thomson and Jordan Orru saw Musselburgh through to the third round of the Alex Jack Cup on Saturday afternoon.

McDonald has had a number of players missing in recent weeks but was pleased to say he was beginning to get them back.

He said: “Obviously, we have been struggling lately with injuries and boys being away with weddings and stag dos.

“We have been short of numbers and going to places like Crossgates and getting punished.”

McDonald has had to call upon a number of teenagers to make the step up this season, which has led to inconsistency.

A 2-1 win over Sauchie Juniors at the beginning of August represents the only points so far in the Premier Division, although the victory over Bo’ness, who sit fourth in the table, will likely be a real confidence booster.

The manager was keen to be judged on his team going forward, with the absence list decreasing.

He said: “I signed Jordan Orru from Berwick and he broke his wrist in pre-season. Michael Moffat is a senior player and he was out injured because of his knee but was back on Saturday.

“It is just in key areas, Matti King has been struggling with his back and been missing games.

“We have had important players out and you cannot really do without.

“We were having to go places with young boys and you get inconsistency.”

Musselburgh now turn their attention to a third derby of the season with a trip to Tranent.

The Honest Toun lost 3-2 to Dunbar United on the opening day before going down by the same scoreline to Preston Athletic in the first round of the Football Nation Qualifying Cup. Only Declan O’Kane is missing for McDonald’s side, with the manager coming up against a familiar face in former Burgh boss Calvin Shand, who will be in the home dugout at Foresters Park.

McDonald said: “I still speak to him every day.The result is not going to reflect anything on the season, regardless of him being there or not.

“It is a local derby and the fact that Calvin is the manager adds a bit of spice.

“I will still give him a cuddle after the game though!”