Cup wins boost Rose and United

Man of the match Hislop appeared FIVE times on the scoresheet within 16 minutes - taking just six minutes to get his first three.

Scottish Junior FA secretary Tom Johnston, unable to declare this week if it was a tournament record, acknowledged it was certainly a bumper haul of goals for a single game in the competition.

United boss Allan McGonigal hailed the golden booted striker, saying: “Everybody at the club has seen he’s a real leader, on and off the park.”

He also credited the other players and pointed to the strength of United’s squad.

McGonigal couldn’t be happier United are still in contention for the junior cup (third round draw on November 6).

“It was pleasing, these games, we all know there are pitfalls but the boys went out and applied themselves professionally and did the job.

“It’s more confidence for the boys, they will all be buzzing.

“I can assure you, at the moment, the games can’t come quickly enough for them.”

United travel to Carnoustie tomorrow (Saturday) sitting second in the Super League, five points behind Linlithgow and four ahead of Kelty.

“I’m not really worried about (points) gaps as such, I just want to continue winning football games,” said the boss.

Club secretary Robert Snedden said this week it was ‘the icing on the cake’ that McGonigal was staying as permanent manager.

Flying high at the top of the league with a 100 per cent record and just off the back of a 9-0 drubbing of Ardrossan Winton Rovers, in the Scottish Cup, Linlithgow Rose go into this weekend’s meeting with bottom of the league Musselburgh as huge favourites.

Rose boss Mark Bradley, however, is taking nothing for granted as his side look to maintain their incredible run.

“We have had a great start, but that’s all it is. This is going to be a long season and the players need to go into every game with the right attitude.

‘‘We are favourites on Saturday but we have to continue to play the way we have been,” he said.

Looking at the nine goal deficit it would be natural to think that last weekend’s match was the Rose’s best performance of the season but Bradley knows they can play better.

He said; “I was very pleased with the way the lads played on Saturday but we have played a lot better than that this season.

“It’s really pleasing to see us dominate games the way we have been lately but that’s what we work on in training. We have 
created a good atmosphere and the players are all confident on the ball. That’s why we have been getting such good results.”

He added: “We are still taking it one game at a time and we know that we will have to be on top form this Saturday. Musselburgh are a Super League side, so they will punish us if we’re not.”