Big two clash in East of Scotland Cup

Action from the recent Rose v United local derby
Action from the recent Rose v United local derby

Linlithgow Rose’s Junior Cup dream is over for another season but boss Danny Smith has set his sights on winning the remainder of the trophies up for grabs this season.

After their win over Bonnyrigg Rose in midweek in the East of Scotland Cup, the Rose now look forward to a clash with Bo’ness United in the third round of that tournament with a potential quarter-final clash with Perthshire side Jeanfield Swifts.

This weekend it is an important league clash with Newtongrange at Prestonfield followed by two games in midweek.

On Monday, the Rose travel to Bathgate for a Fife and Lothians Cup third round tie.

And on Wednesday, it is back over to the south of the county to Fauldhouse in the Super League.

Rose boss Danny Smith said: ‘‘This is a big week for us with so many important games.

‘‘We are out of the Junior Cup and we have to get over it.

‘‘What we need now is to get a few positive results and take it from there. There is still a lot to play for before the end of the season.’’

At Newtown Park, BU boss Allan McGonigal and his squad will play host to Lochee United, who are propping up the league table with just three victories and 12 points from 23 games.

McGonigal said: ‘‘We are still in with a chance for the league title and the Lochee game is a must win for us.

The BU boss highlighted how his squad have gone on an amazing run since the turn of the year, saying: ‘‘We have gone on a run of 12 league games without defeat, having drawn just twice with 11 clean sheets.

‘‘That in my estimation is a sensational run at any level of football.’’

Missing for Bo’ness will be Stuart Hunter but Nicky Walker is back in the frame.