Linlithgow Rose boss McGlynn looking to keep top form

Linlithgow celebrate Kevin Kelbie's goal against Kelty
Linlithgow celebrate Kevin Kelbie's goal against Kelty

Linlithgow Rose are still in the Superleague title hunt after their impressive victory over Kelty Hearts at Prestonfield on Saturday.

But boss Davie McGlynn insists that his side’s dismantling of the reigning champions will count for nothing if they can’t keep that form going in their upcoming matches.

Next up for Rose is a trip to Penicuik on Saturday, the first of an away double header with a game at Tayport the following week.

The Linlithgow manager was delighted with his side’s showing against Kelty, but stressed: “There’s no point in playing well and beating Kelty at home and then throwing it away in our next two games away from home.

“It was an important win but you want to win every game you play.

“When we played Penicuik earlier in the season they came set up for a 0-0 draw and we went two up but then lost two late goals and drew 2-2 so that shows we will have to be on our guard.

“But the most important thing is that we prepare for the game properly and that’s what we’ll do.

“It can be very difficult when teams come to Linlithgow and sit in and defend. Hopefully they’ll come out a bit more at home but we’ve also been working on letting teams have a bit more of the ball and then hitting on the counter attack.”

Last Saturday’s success saw Rose close the gap on third-placed Kelty to five points with a game in hand but they remain 10 points behind favourites Bonnyrigg, again with a single game in hand, and 12 behind leaders Bo’ness who have played five games more than McGlynn’s side.

And while lifting the league title remains a tall order, McGlynn was pleased with the determination his players showed against Kelty.

He said: “We know our players have ability and that on their day they are capable of beating any junior side.

“But they also showed they have the desire and hunger required as well.”

Rose defender Colin Leiper and striker Michael Jones are nursing knocks and are the only injury doubts.