Cup win can ease title loss

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LINLITHGOW Rose have their sights on the Fife and Lothians Cup final, as they prepare to go all out for a win in next Wednesday’s semi-final clash against Bonnyrigg Rose.

Their Midlothian opponents saw off Bo’ness United on penalties in this week’s quarter-final, to book their trip to Prestonfield.

Rose boss Mark Bradley was at the match and said Bonnyrigg had to change their team, with injuries and so many games in a concentrated spell taking their toll.

“They did great,” he said. “They’ve got that wee run going, with the winning mentality. It will be a hard game for us but we have the home advantage.”

Bonnyrigg are still in the hunt for Super League glory despite their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Hill of Beath last Saturday.

The league trophy will be heading to one of those two clubs, who are currently tied on 37 points with two matches to play.

Linlithgow must settle for third spot this season (35 points), a fact that Bradley is unhappy with, saying: “It was in our hands at one point.”

But for now, the focus is on the cup tie and the boss declared: “We don’t fear them coming to our place regardless of how they are playing.

“We always play the same at home and try to take the game to the visitors, start well, and get them on the back foot. We will be an attacking team and going for the win from the start and getting to the final.”

The Rose play Livingston U19 and reserves at Prestonfield tomorrow, Saturday, May 12 (11.30am), and a full squad should be available for the cup game.