Another Linlithgow club are on the trail of Scottish Cup glory

Linlithgow Thistle are through to the last 16 of the Scottish Amateur Cup
Linlithgow Thistle are through to the last 16 of the Scottish Amateur Cup
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Linlithgow Rose have been earning rave reviews for their exploits in reaching the last 16 of both the Scottish Cup and Scottish Junior Cup.

But they are not the only side from the town to have created a piece of club history by their performances in a national cup competition.

Linlithgow Thistle are through to the seventh round - the last 16 - of the Scottish Amateur Cup and will face either Milngavie Wanderers or Denniston Vale for a place in the quarter-finals.

The club, which plays in the Lothians & Edinburgh Premier League, was founded 15 years ago but has never previously gone beyond the fourth round.

Chairman Derek Oliver said: “We brought in a new management team of Allan Walker, Graeme Whyte and Brian Gibson in September 2014 and they have really taken the team forward.

“In their first season we did the league and cup double which got us promotion to the Premier Division.

“We’ve brought in new players as well and it takes time to gel, but we’re sitting third in the table with games in hand.”

But it’s the Scottish Cup run which has created the biggest buzz with the club now looking forward to their home seventh round tie which has been scheduled for Saturday, March 5.

Derek said: “The final of the Scottish Amateur Cup has been moved back to Hampden and there’s no doubt that and the lure of a place in the senior Scottish Cup now going to the winners have given the competition a massive boost.

“But while we’re doing well we won’t be getting carried away and will take each game as it comes.”

Ironically, although a Linlithgow club, Thistle have closer links with Rose’s rivals Bo’ness United - their under-19s used to be Bo’ness’s under-17 side.

The club has also has developed through consecutive Quality Mark accreditations by the SFA and accreditation by West Lothian Council and runs popular weekly Thistle Soccer Schools for local primary children.