Away days for Rose as pitch not match-ready

070112 Linlithgow roase assistant manager Marvyn Wilson
070112 Linlithgow roase assistant manager Marvyn Wilson

LINLITHGOW Rose returned to training last weekend in readiness for the new season.

The squad took part in a double session with only three players, Davie Scott, Roddy MacLennan and Gordon Herd, absent due to holiday commitments.

Rose assistant coach Marvyn Wilson said: “The session went really well. All the players returned in good shape, as we would expect, but it was encouraging to see them all do so well, first week back.’’

And another bonus for the Rose, who this season will look to retain the league championship, is that all the players start the new season with no underlying injuries.

Whilst the squad is raring to go, the playing surface at Prestonfield is not. The hot summer weather has played havoc with plans to get the usual lush turf up to scratch. The pitch has been treated by lawn experts but what is now needed is a week of rain.

This has led to problems with the club’s pre-season build up.

The planned match against Motherwell has been scrapped while the Kirkintilloch Rob Roy game on Saturday, July 27 will now be played away.

The club, however, will play closer to home when they meet Falkirk Juniors at Grangemouth Stadium on Wednesday, July 24. Their proposed game against Irvine Meadow on Saturday, August 3, will be played at Irvine’s ground.

Wilson said: “Unfortunately, we have to say Mother Nature has hampered our pre-season build-up.

‘‘The surface at Prestonfield is the poorest we have seen pre-season for many a year.”