Linlithgow Rose boss: Rivals’ slip won’t matter if we don’t win

Linlithgow edged home against Musselburgh last week
Linlithgow edged home against Musselburgh last week

Linlithgow Rose continue their efforts to claw back the Superleague pacesetters on Saturday when they travel to Fife to face Hill of Beath Hawthorn.

While Rose’s main priority is securing three points, the Linlithgow faithful could be forgiven for keeping one eye on events at Bo’ness United where the second-placed hosts take on leaders Bonnyrigg Rose.

But while Rose need their rivals to slip up if they are to land the title, manager Davie McGlynn knows his side can’t take advantage if they don’t win their own games.

He said: “We can’t influence what happens elsewhere. We have to focus on our own games and make sure we do our job.

“I’d probably fancy Bonnyrigg to win the way they have been playing, but something’s got to give. Either Bo’ness won’t win and be out of it or they will and come right back into it.

“But any slip-ups won’t matter if we don’t win so we just have to focus on what we have to do.

“We had Hill of Beath watched against Broxburn on Saturday and they are well set up with dangerous strikers so we’ll have to be on our toes, that’s for sure.”

Rose left it late before overcoming Musselburgh last week with Tommy Coyne’s last minute winner but McGlynn was pleased with the performance and with the patience shown by his side.

He said: “I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating chances but we did and we played some nice stuff.

“In the first 15 to 20 minutes Musselburgh were hardly out of our half and if we’d scored then we’d have won by quite a few.

“They dug in and took confidence from that. But they were tiring as the game went on and we kept creating chances and managed to get the winner.”

Linlithgow still have Bonnyrigg, Bo’ness and third-placed Kelty Hearts (twice) to play in the league.

And, following last week’s East of Scotland Cup draw, they will also face a derby trip to Bo’ness in the third round if they win their second round tie against St Andrew’s.