Rose’s cup joy

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THE champagne corks were popping at the weekend as Linlithgow Rose celebrated in style after adding the Fife and Lothians Cup to their trophy cabinet for the season.

The club beat newly- promoted Broxburn to add another piece of silverware to the League Cup trophy they won back in October last year against Newtongrange.

240512 LInlithgow rose v broxburn athletic.

240512 LInlithgow rose v broxburn athletic.

While some may say it has not been a great season by Rose standards, how many other clubs would relish winning two trophies in one season?

Rose boss Mark Bradley agreed, saying: “It’s great! I think we have not had a bad season considering, we have won two trophies but our focus in the months ahead will be to become more consistent, especially in the league.

“Winning trophies is expected at this club and it will be our aim to win back the Super League title and the Scottish Cup.”

Looking back on Saturday’s cup final victory, Bradley said: “It was good to end the season on a high. It sets us up for the next campaign as the players want more of the same.”

Despite the result, the Ross boss was not happy with his team’s first-half performance, he said: “We lost a nightmare goal which was against the run of play at the time but, as the first half played out, Broxburn deserved their lead as they were the hungrier side and we didn’t show enough commitment.

“After a frank talk at the break, we came out and did what was needed. The first half was unacceptable but the player’s reaction was great and we were the only team who were going to win. We were stronger and fitter all round.”

Bradley and his backroom staff will be looking to make changes to his side for the challenge next season.

Already he has re-signed a number of players, including Roddy and Rhuari MacLennan, Colin Strickland, Adam Nelson, Mark Tyrell and Colin Smith.

He added: “There will be players leaving Prestonfield but until I discuss that with them it would be unfair to name names.

‘‘We will also look to bring in new players to strengthen the side.”