Rose capture cup in derby final

Rose squad celebrate Fife and Lothians Cup win.
Rose squad celebrate Fife and Lothians Cup win.
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Linlithgow Rose finished their season on a high - winning the Fife and Lothians Cup with a 2-1 victory over local rivals and newly-crowned league champions Bo’ness United.

Friday’s win was the Rose’s second in seven days over the BU and was relished by coach Danny Smith as a boost for everyone at Prestonfield.

‘‘I was delighted for everyone, fans, players and officials, that we went to Bo’ness and beat our big local rivals when it did matter so that we finished the season with a trophy,’’ he said. ‘‘I thought we were the better team although we did miss a few chances before getting a couple of late goals!’’

Now entering his first full season as team boss at Prestonfield, Smith revealed that the fans can expect a raft of new faces for season 2014-15 with at least half a dozen, possibly more, players moving on.

Probably the biggest ‘‘name’’ to be leaving is fans’ favourite Gordon Herd.

The long-serving player is due a testimonial match and that may be arranged for 
August if suitable opponents can be found.

Said Danny Smith: ‘‘Gordon’s been a good servant to Linlithgow Rose and is thoroughly deserving of a testimonial match. I believe we are looking to find a senior side to provide the opposition.’’

The team boss added: ‘‘There’s no doubt that a new broom sweeps clean and myself and Alan Moffat (assistant coach) are looking forward to our first full season in charge of Linlithgow Rose.’’