Rose face United twice in three weeks

LINLITHGOW will take on Bo’ness twice within three weeks courtesy of the Scottish Junior Cup draw.

The clubs are set to meet tomorrow (Saturday) for the first time this season at Prestonfield in the league but Tuesday’s draw also paired them in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.

It had been hoped that both clubs would avoid each other but it was not to be.

So instead, supporters of both clubs now have a taster tomorrow for what will be the Scottish Cup’s “match of the day” on March 16.

Rose boss Mark Bradley said he was ‘happy’ to be drawn against their local rivals, saying: “Yes, we are happy in the fact that we have home advantage and that the draw will be a boost for both clubs financially as it guarantees to draw a huge crowd.”

Last season both clubs met in the first round of the Scottish Cup and that time around it was Bo’ness, who were the reigning Super League champions, who were the victors. But 18 months on it is now the Rose who are the side to beat as they aim to stretch their unbeaten for the season.

Bradley said: “We will think about the Scottish Cup match in a couple of weeks, our priority is to get three points on Saturday and then look forward to the next match.”

While local derbies have a tendency to be tousy affairs, the Rose boss said: “We will take this match as any other and even though it is a derby, I will be looking for my players to keep focussed and well organised without getting too involved.”

One thing is for sure, Bradley knows full well that each and every player, if given the opportunity to play, will give a 100 per cent performance as the season draws to a climax.

He said: “It’s a great position to be in for a manager as every player is trying his utmost to impress and ensure a starting place. The downside is that I have to leave some on the touchline.”