Rose go clear at the top of the league

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THE Rose returned to winning ways last weekend when they beat Musselburgh in a re-arranged league fixture after their Scottish Cup tie was again cancelled.

With Prestonfield under ice and floodwater, both teams decided to play at Olive Bank and despite a heavy pitch, rain and strong winds, the Rose secured the points to move three points clear at the top of the Superleague ahead of Bonnyrigg.

The Rose gained an early advantage with goals from Tommy Coyne and Colin Strickland and should have had the game wrapped up by half time. Musselburgh got back into the match and it looked like finishing all square until Stephen Manson fired home the winner

Rose boss Dave Baikie was happy, saying: “It was a good exercise for them, especially with the Scottish Cup tie this weekend. We got off to a great start and should have scored another two goals in the first half but instead we let Musselburgh back into the game and they were unlucky not to go ahead when a Chris King shot hit the upright. Bringing Manson on changed the game and his late strike was a beauty. ‘‘

Tomorrow (Saturday), the club aim to play their much postponed Scottish Junior Cup third round tie against Auchinleck at Prestonfield, kick off 1.45pm.

Baikie said: “This will be a tough match as many of the Auchinleck side have been together for several years and they all fight for each other. They are a good side but I believe that while we do not have a large squad, we have quality players who are capable of winning important matches.’’