HAVING tasted success in recent weeks, Linlithgow Rose came back down to earth with an almighty bump last weekend when they lost by three goals to Kelty in the Super League.
Despite still maintaining a five point advantage in the league, the defeat has lessened their grip on the title challenge with both Forfar and Bo’ness in a position where they can overhaul their points total if they win games in hand.
Rose boss Dave Baikie will be looking for his side to bounce back tomorrow (Saturday) when they meet Newtongrange at Prestonfield in the league, ko 2.15pm.
With two wins over the Midlothian club already this season, 3-1 in the league cup and 4-3 in the league, Baikie is confident his side can win if they play to their potential..
He said: “After our win over Bo’ness two weeks ago I said the last thing I wanted was for the club to be complacent and that is what happened against Kelty as we never got started and in the end did not deserve anything from the match.”
With Colin Strickland unavailable, it left the Rose boss with only Tommy Coyne as a lone striker and despite his efforts the Rose could not penetrate the Kelty goal.
Baikie added: “Neither side gave the keepers a save to make in the first half but we were the poorer of the two. We felt the referee should have sent off a Kelty player for his tackle on Kevin Donnelly which would have changed things but it was not to be.
“We made changes for the second half and put McArthur up front to assist Coyne but we lost two goals in quick succession and that was it. I don’t mind if the players give it their all and we lose but last week they didn’t work at all.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s match, Baikie said: “It was a silly setback but we hope to get back on track tomorrow.”
Doubtful is Donnelly who suffered a strained ligament in that tackle.
Earlier this week two cup draws were made. The Rose are at home to St Andrew’s in the third round of the Fife and Lothians Cup while they are away to Lochee Harp in the same round of the East of Scotland Cup.