A chance to join the hall of fame

ROSE boss Mark Bradley would be in the running for manager of the year if there was such a trophy in junior football.

Promoted from player to manager in December 2011, the 36-year-old has turned around the Prestonfield outfit and put together the top team in the East Region.

The club has already clinched the Super League title, the League Cup, and are through to the Fife and Lothians Cup Final and the last four of the East of Scotland Cup. There is also the matter of being unbeaten in all matches played this season.

As a two-time winner of the Scottish Junior Cup as a Rose player, Bradley is determined to add another winner’s medal on Sunday, now as manager.

He said: “Both Tommy Sloan and Auchinleck have a great pedigree in the Scottish Cup but that will not deflect us from our outlook going into the match.

‘‘We are confident we can win the cup but realise it will not be easy as they will want to win it just as much as us after last season’s defeat to Shotts.

“I am not going to change my build up to the game just because who we are playing.

‘‘We have trained as normal this week and we will approach the cup final on Sunday the same as any other opposition, be it a friendly or a lower division side.

‘‘Our aim is to go out and play they way we have all season and get a result.

“We are confident and hope to make everyone in Linlithgow proud!”

Mark and Adam Nelson are seen here with Talbot manager Tommy Sloan and club captain David Gormley.