Top spot beckons for Rose

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Rose players and fans will be praying its third time lucky this weekend when they travel to Kelty Hearts tomorrow (Saturday).

The past two weekends have seen call-offs due to frozen pitches but hopes are high that the game will go ahead in Fife. Opponents Kelty lost out to local rivals Bo’ness last week by a single goal in match that saw their influential captain Tom Courts sent off after just 30 minutes.

While Courts will miss tomorrow’s encounter, Prestonfield boss Mark Bradley knows that opposing manager Keith Burgess’s side will be more than capable of securing a victory at home despite their lower league position.

He said: “It will be a tough match as they are a very physical, hard working side who will try to make it difficult for us.

‘‘While we will have to match these qualities, I am sure our quality will shine through. All we want now is to play a competitive match.”

A victory tomorrow would see the Rose move to top of the Super League, a position Bradley would like to see his side achieve.

He said: “We have had some consistency in recent games and a result tomorrow would be great as we would go top. Once there, it’s up to us to ensure that we win our remaining games in the league.”

While there was no league action for the Rose last weekend, they played two friendlies, against Ayrshire side Beith and SFL Second Division side Cowdenbeath.

Bradley said the Beith contest proved a “hard encounter” but the Rose were victors on the day, winning by a single goal.

The Cowdenbeath match saw Bradley pit his skill against his former Hearts team-mate Colin Cameron.

The Rose lost 3-0 but Bradley said the game should not have gone ahead as the icy conditions made the playing surface dangerous.