Rose go back to basics

IT’S back to league business once again this week with the Rose hoping to extend their lead in the Super League.

The Rose travel to Carmuirs Park tomorrow facing a Camelon side which is managerless and languishing in second bottom position with only one win from nine games and 17 points behind the Rose.

But Rose boss Dave Baikie, however, will taking nothing for granted knowing that all Super League teams are capable of winning on the day.

He said: “It’s just over two months ago we met Camelon in the league cup final and they surprised us with an early goal. But with us hjavng the right attitude we were able to get back into the game and eventually win the cup.”

Since then the Rose performances have increased, slipping up only twice against Forfar in the league and Beith in the Scottish Cup.

Baikie said: “The catalyst for our performances in recent months has been the addition of young Dario Quinn, on loan from Motherwell, who has bolstered the defensive line up and taken the pressure of John Ward. The return of John Adams has also helped and has given the team more confidence.”

While Baikie has had defensive problems, the same cannot be said in attack with players fioghting for places.

He rested Derek Strickland and Tommy Coyne at the weekend to go with Chris King and Andy Reilly and between them they hit three goals in a six goal thrashing of Spartans.

Baikie said: “We don’t have the opportunity to play friendlies at the moment so I decided to switch the forward line and give the two main strikers a rest and we win by such a margin. I was surprised at the score but delighted by the response from the players who were drafted in.”

Fans favourite Gordon Herd made his return to the side after a long spell out through injury while Kevin Donnelly also made his first start of the season,

Next week the Rose will play Auchinleck in the Scottish Junior Cup third round at Prestonfield while they travel Fife to play Thornton Hibs in the second round of the Fife and Lothians Cup on Saturday, December 18.