Linlithgow Rose face two crunch games over the next few days which will determine whether they have any hope of snatching the Superleague title.
It’s derby time at Prestonfield on Saturday when Rose meet local rivals Bo’ness United.
And that’s followed by the visit of long-time leaders Bonnyrigg Rose to Linlithgow next Wednesday.
Both games are must win matches for Davie McGlynn’s men who are fourth in the table, 10 points behind Bonnyrigg and six adrift of Bo’ness with one and three games in hand respectively over their rivals.
The Rose boss agreed that his side have to take six points from the two matches, but admitted that even if they do he still feels the league is Bonnyrigg’s to lose.
He said: “We’re still in two cups and it’s in our own hands to do well in those.
“But in the league Bonnyrigg haven’t looked like slipping up and even if we do beat them we still need them to lose other games and we’re running out of matches.”
But the Bonnyrigg game will be put on the back burner as Rose concentrate on the visit of Bo’ness who would love to end the Superleague’s only unbeaten home record with a victory over their rivals.
Rose go into the match on the back of four wins in a row, including Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of Tayport and Wednesday’s 2-0 Fife and Lothians Cup success at Fauldhouse.
McGlynn said: “We’ve got a winning mentality at the moment and want to keep that going.
“Tayport is always a difficult place to go to but we did fine and always looked comfortable against Fauldhouse.
“Everyone wants to beat us and Bo’ness are no different from any other side. But we’ll prepare properly and if we get in front we are a difficult side to beat.”
Saturday’s derby won’t be the last one of the season as the sides have been drawn together in the next round of the East of Scotland Cup.
In the Fife and Lothians Cup Rose’s win at Fauldhouse earned them a home match with Kennoway Star Hearts.