Arthurlie tie in the balance - again!

070112 Linlithgow roase manager Mark Bradley.
070112 Linlithgow roase manager Mark Bradley.

LINLITHGOW Rose boss Mark Bradley will be praying the winter weather does not impact on his team’s Emirates Scottish Junior Cup fourth round tie against Arthurlie tomorrow (Saturday).

The Barrhead pitch was a casualty of the heavy frost last weekend and the weather forecast for tomorrow is similar.

Bradley said this week: “The forecast is much the same so the game is in the balance and we will just have to wait and see what happens on the day.

“Until the match is officially called off, we will focus as if the game is going ahead.

‘‘I have made no plans to arrange another match just in case, so we are totally focussed on 
playing Arthurlie on Saturday!”

With no match last weekend, the Rose were able to secure a friendly on Monday against SPL First 
Division side Airdrie United.

And what a game it proved to be for the hardy fans that turned up with eight goals being scored.

The Rose came from 4-2 down with just over 12 minutes to go to secure a draw but could have won the match if they had scored with a penalty awarded to them earlier in the match.

Bradley said: “It was good exercise for the players. It allowed me to play several players who have not been featuring regularly in recent weeks.”

He added: “I thought we played well in the first half but as it was a friendly we made changes at half time. It took a while for the players to settle and this allowed Airdrie to get back into the game as they scored three quick goals.

‘‘We, however, finished the stronger side and deserved to get a draw in the end.”