Friendly clash

LINLITHGOW Rose return to action tonight (Friday) when Blantyre Vics visit Prestonfield.

The Rose take on Livingston, the SPL side not their Junior counterparts, also at Prestonfield on Tuesday, July 26. Both games have a 7.30pm kick-off.

And they travel to play Bellshill on Saturday, July 30, ko 2.30pm.

Gaffer Jim Sinnet has clinched the signature of defender Keith Hogg. The Glenafton player agreed terms a few days ago but is on holiday and will not pull on a Linlithgow Rose shirt until Tuesday at the earliest.

Iain Gallacher, bidding to make a Prestonfield comeback, is also still on holiday.

Club president Les Donaldson this week confirmed Colin Allison and Greg Logan have joined Marc Anthony on the transfer list.

"There have been a few inquiries about them but no concrete offers," he said yesterday (Thursday).

There was bad news for skipper Danny Smith when he saw doctors recently.

The broken bone in his foot, sustained in the KIA East of Scotland Cup final is not healing properly and a new plaster was applied for a further month.

There was better news for Mark Whyte. The fans' favourite has gone through laser surgery on his troublesome knee injury and is now recuperating.

He'll be on crutches for four or five weeks and won't be kicking a ball for a few weeks after that though.

Meanwhile, activity at Newtown Park increased significantly this week with the departure of one player and the arrival of two new faces.

Renewed interest by Musselburgh Athletic saw a deal done for John Martin who has signed for the East Lothian side.

More importantly for BU fans is the news that two deals have been struck which have brought a new goalkeeper and a front-

runner to Newtown Park.

Stenhousemuir goalkeeper David Orr (19) will be between the sticks next season with Bo'ness United clinching a one year loan deal for his services.

The young shot-stopper had been injured and slipped down the pecking order at Ochilview where the management, keen to see him regain peak fitness, was happy to agree the proposal.


Also moving to Newtown Park, this time from Musselburgh, in a separate deal to the John Martin move, is forward Charlie Braigan.

And, just as the Journal and Gazette went to press, chairman Dougie Snedden revealed the club had all but clinched a third signature this week and there's a better than evens chance a fourth new face put pen to paper last night (Thursday).

Mr Snedden said: "We're delighted to have secured two new players this week. There are still three or four players on

holiday, who are considering offers to come to Newtown Park.

"In some cases, they are weighing up offers from other clubs as well as our own offer."