Borders trip for Rose fans

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Linlithgow Rose continue their William Hill Scottish Cup travels to the Borders tomorrow (Saturday) when they face Selkirk in the first round.

The Rose have played in this season’s national competition having already beaten Threave Rovers 2-1 in preliminary round two earlier this month.

And they will hope to replicate last season’s great Scottish Cup run which saw them reach the last 16 after beating Forfar Athletic but eventually succumb to Premiership side Ross County.

On the domestic front, the Rose have suffered back to back defeats against Bo’ness United and Kelty Hearts, while their Lowland League opponents, who have Garry O’Connor as coach, currently sit second bottom of the Lowland League with only two wins from
nine league outings.

But O’Connor’s men will be buoyed by their 7-4 win over East Stirling last weekend.

Rose manager Davie 
McGlynn (pictured above celebrating with Kevin Kelbie after last season’s Scottish Cup victory over Forfar) said: ‘‘After a couple of bad results 
i n the league in recent weeks, it is good for us to play in the Scottish Cup as this is a very important tie both for us and the town. We will need to be on our guard and be totally focussed as it will be a tough game.

‘‘Despite their lowly league position, Selkirk have scored seven goals twice in recent weeks against East Stirling and Gala Fairydean.

‘‘If we play to the best of our capabilities, we can win the game.’’

Looking back over recent results, the Rose boss said: ‘‘ We have lost the last two matches but people have to look at the bigger picture. Against Bo’ness, we should have been on the scoresheet in the first half but instead let Bo’ness score soft goals.

‘‘Saturday was very different as Kelty have players capable of playing in the Scottish Premiership.

‘‘We went there to try and frustrate them but gave away cheap goals which could have been prevented.’’

Tomorrow’s match at Yarrow Park is a 3pm kick off.