Linlithgow back on track after Bo’ness blip

Linlithgow celebrate their opening goal against Camelon
Linlithgow celebrate their opening goal against Camelon

Linlithgow Rose boss Davie McGlynn was a far happier man this week as his side bounced back from their derby disaster at Bo’ness.

The Prestonfield boss admitted confidence took a knock following their 4-0 East of Scotland Cup drubbing last Wednesday.

But with nine goals racked up in their two games since against Kennoway Star Hearts and Camelon, has given the squad a lift to take into their closing fixtures.

Saturday’s win over Kennoway set up a Fife and Lothians Cup quarter-final against Musselburgh at Prestonfield next Friday night.

But before then Rose face East Superleague fixtures away to Fauldhouse United on Saturday and at home to Carnoustie Panmure on Monday, their final home league match of the season.

And while the cup is Rose’s priority as it’s their last remaining hope of a trophy, McGlynn still wants as high a league finish as possible.

He said: “It’s been a bit of an up and down season but it has still been a big improvement from last year and there’s a lot more to come from the squad.

“We still want to finish as high in the table as we can and second place is the target. We have four games left and if we win them we have a chance of doing that.

“We got 56 points last year and we’re on 51 just now so if we can get two wins against Fauldhouse and Carnoustie we will reach that target.

“The players’ confidence took a bit of a knock after the Bo’ness defeat but they have responded really well.

“I thought on Saturday we were a bit cagey to be honest but against Camelon I thought we were back to our best and back to the way should be playing.

“We also want to keep winning to maintain the momentum going into the Musselburgh cup tie next Friday which is the big one for us.

“If we win that we play Bonnyrigg and if we win that we could play Kelty so these are big games.”

The supporters bus’ to Fauldhouse leaves the Rose club at 1.30pm.