Linlithgow Rose hoping to get over ’Hill at third attempt

Linlithgow Rose hope to have a cup win to celebrate on Saturday
Linlithgow Rose hope to have a cup win to celebrate on Saturday

Linlithgow Rose will hope for third time lucky with their twice-postponed Scottish Junior Cup tie at Maryhill rearranged for this Saturday.

The game was called off on Saturday for the second week running, meaning Rose will go again with their preparations.

The difference this week is that Rose now know who they would face if they get through after Tuesday’s quarter-final draw handed the winners a home match with minnows Gartcairn.

But Rose boss Todd Lumsden doesn’t think this should act as an added incentive for his players.

And he’s also not concerned that the edge could be taken off by the familiarity of having to prepare for the same opponents for the third week running.

He said: “We couldn’t get another game arranged on Saturday, but we had quite a good training session instead.

“As soon as you start training the guys forget that the game’s been called off.

“It’s just one of those things you learn to deal with and stay focussed for the next training session and the next game.

“We needed to just stay focussed on this tie.

“Last year when I was at Arbroath we drew with Cowdenbeath and ended up getting beaten in the replay. But by the time the replay was played we knew it was Rangers at Ibrox in the next round, but we lost.

“It’s one thing knowing what’s there for you but you can’t afford to take your eye off the tie in hand and try and get through.”