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ROSE manager Mark Bradley said this week he was “gutted” to hear that tomorrow’s match against rivals Bo’ness had been postponed.

He said: “The players were really looking forward to the match. It would have been a good reward for all the hard work they have put in over the past two weeks.”

As the Journal and Gazette went to press (Thursday) Bradley said he was frantically looking to organise another friendly but did not hold out much hope of doing so. He said: “The majority of teams have their pre-season matches arranged and it will be hard to find a club that is free at this late stage.”

The players will now focus on their next match on Tuesday instead, when they take on Falkirk Juniors at Little Kerse in Grangemouth.

Bradley also disclosed the club were in negotiations with a player, from the junior ranks, and are still on the search for another goalkeeper to join their ranks.

THE United camp has also found the memorial match postponement galling. Boss Paul Ronald said: “You have your plan in place for your game, you are building up to your first game.

“It was too late to arrange another friendly for Saturday, it was disappointing.”

He paid tribute to everyone who has pitched in to clear up the water 
damage in the Newtown Park stand building.

“It’s still not complete, they are still doing a lot of work. It’s almost there. They have done a 
fantastic job.”

United have scheduled a friendly next Wednesday, July 25, at Whitehill 
Welfare (ko 7.15pm) and bar a few players who are on holiday, a good number are available.