League new boys defeat Linlithgow

Linlithgow Rose v Penicuik 9/8/2014 Penicuik clear from Coyne
Linlithgow Rose v Penicuik 9/8/2014 Penicuik clear from Coyne

The mood at Prestonfield was sombre on Saturday after the Rose suffered defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Penicuik Athletic.

The first real chance of the match fell to the visitors and proved to be a warning.

Penicuik took the lead after nine minutes and, although Trialist’s header hit the post, the ball was tapped in by Ross.

In the 23rd minute, McPartlin blasted over after he was faced with an opportunity. In the 35th minute, there was a rare chance for the Rose following a corner from Nelson.

Ross played a neat ball to McPartlin who beat the offside before passing to Trialist but Rose managed to clear their lines.

In the 38th minute, Trialist had another chance to put Penicuik further ahead but Christie pulled off a great save. Christie failed to recover from an earlier injury and was replaced by McKinven.

Following the restart, the Rose played well and Ovenstone came close with a header after 51 minutes. 10 minutes later, there was a chance for Ruari Maclennan but his shot flew high. He was replaced by brother Roddy and Smith was replaced by Kelly.

Roddy made an immediate impact and linked up well with Strickland. While the Rose tried to press forward, it was Penicuik who scored next and although Gay’s shot was saved he made no mistake with the rebound.

The Rose had a golden opportunity to claw a goal back with just over 20 minutes remaining following good play by Roddy Maclennan and Coyne but Strickland lost his footing and the chance was lost. There was another chance for Roddy Maclennan but somehow keeper Bejaoui saved his strike and turned the ball out for a corner. The Rose got what proved to be a consolation with 15 minutes to go in a move which saw Roddy Maclennan play a fine ball into the box and a nice lay off by Batchelor before Strickland unleashed a fierce shot which found the back of the net.

Penicuik were dangerous on the break and were unfortunate not to score a third.

Ovenstone limped off after suffering a hamstring injury and Rose had to play the remainder of the match with 10 men.

Penicuik’s Burrell replaced McPartlin and Nelson picked up a yellow card.