Rose take nothing for granted

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LINLITHGOW Rose sit 12 points clear at the top of the Super League at the midway stage of the season but talk of the title already being won is not for discussion at Prestonfield.

The Rose remain unbeaten in the league, having won 10 games and drawn one. And while fans are already predicting a league championship win, the first since 2007, club coach Mark Bradley is not 
entertaining it.

He said: “It is great that we are unbeaten and 12 points clear at this stage of the season but we are only halfway there. Bo’ness have two games in hand and we still have to meet them twice so we cannot take anything for granted that the league is ours. What we have to do is continue to chalk up wins in the league and then it’s up to the others to catch us up by winning all the remainder of their league matches.”

The Rose were one of a handful of junior teams that played last Saturday when they met Musselburgh in the league.

A four-nil result looked a convincing win for the Rose but they had limited chances in the first half despite going three goals up at the break.

Bradley said: “While we were in control of the game, we did not create a lot of goalscoring opportunities. We created four chances and our strikers managed to convert three of them into goals. It’s great to have players of good calibre and who are decisive in front of goal.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Rose host Livingston United in the first round of the East of Scotland Cup, ko 1.45pm.

Livingston play two leagues below the Rose and currently sit fourth in their division having won five out of their seven matches played so far.

Despite going into the match as favourites, the Rose boss said they will prepare for this match like any other in the Super League and show them respect.

Bradley, who won the East of Scotland trophy as a player with the club, added: “This cup is major trophy in the east region and the players will be keen to ensure that there will be no hiccup to our season so far. The players crave success and this match is the first step in bringing back silverware to Prestonfield.”

The next match for the Rose is a home tie in the Super League against St Andrews United next 
Saturday, December 29.