Hill to climb in trophy bid

IT’S a top of the table clash tomorrow (Saturday) when the Rose meet Hill of Beath in the Superleague.

The clubs met earlier this season at Prestonfield with the honours shared. But the Keirs Park side have set their sights on lifting the trophy and are now within catching distance of the Rose.

Rose boss Dave Baikie, however, is not looking for any slip-ups, saying: “With just five games remaining in the league, our aim is to keep the momentum going and look to win maximum points from each of these games.“

The final four matches after tomorrow’s clash are: Bo’ness (a), Tayport (h), Bonnyrigg (h) and Bathgate (a).

While Baikie is relishing tomorrow’s challenge, he said he felt relieved after John Ward earned his side an injury time winner over Camelon last weekend.

Baikie said: “Camelon worked their socks off for manager Danny Smith but over the piece we were the better team.

‘‘We got the early goal but allowed them to get back into the game. In the second half, however, we gradually wore them down and when we brought on Adam and Manson, I thought it would only be a matter of time before we scored but it took until the 91st minute before John Ward put us ahead.

He said: “We were glad of the result. It was not a fantastic performance but we overcame one more hurdle and it took us one step closer to the finishing line.”

Midfielder Stuart McArthur sufferd a nasty gash to his forehead during the match after a clash with Andy Reilly but Baikie is hopeful he will be back in contention this weekend. Also available will be Kevin Donnelly while captain Ward is free to play after an appeal for a red card against Newtongrange was upheld.

Next Saturday, April 30, the Rose meet Bathgate Thistle in the quarter-finals of the Fife and Lothians Cup while the following Saturday (May 7) they are away to Penicuik in the semi-final of the East of Scotland Cup.