Linlithgow Rose gear up for busy run-in

Conor Kelly goes close for Linlithgow Rose against Broughty last week
Conor Kelly goes close for Linlithgow Rose against Broughty last week

Linlithgow continue their efforts to bridge the gap to the Superleague front runners on Saturday when they travel to face Carnoustie Panmure.

Rose are still playing catch-up due to the effects of their various cup commitments but made some inroads on Saturday by beating Broughty while rivals Bonnyrigg were in cup action and Bo’ness dropped a couple of points.

After the disappointment of going out of the Scottish Junior Cup at Kilwinning and last week’s last-minute call-off at St Andrews, Rose boss Davie McGlynn was pleased with the way his players responded.

He said: “I thought we did fine. We were on top for pretty much the whole of the game.

“It was just one bad pass from Blair Batchleor behind Andy Shirra which allowed them to break and score but other than that they didn’t cause us too many problems.

“With the Kilwinning defeat and then the St Andrews game being called off it was important to get a response from the players and I thought we played some really good stuff.

“There’s still a big gap to be made up though and we know it’s going to be very difficult but we just have to plug away and take one game at a time.

““We’ve got Carnoustie coming up on Saturday. They ran Auchinleck very close in the Scottish Cup two weeks ago so they’ll take confidence from that and be on a high.

“They’ve got pace up front and good experience at the back so we know we’ll have to be on our guard.”

As the campaign approaches the final stretch McGlynn believes the benefits of having a large squad could come into play - and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of adding to it.

He said: “It’s been tough with all the cup ties we had. For instance when we had to travel up to Wick midweek we then lost to Newtongrange the following Saturday.

“We’re still looking at maybe bringing someone else in and we still have until the end of March to do that.

“We know wer’e going to have a lot of midweek games coming up. We’ll have different teams for different games and everyone will play their part, that’s for sure.”