IT’S back to league business this weekend for the Rose when they meet title contenders Forfar West End at Prestonfield tomorrow (Saturday), ko 2.30pm.
Rose boss Dave Baikie is looking for his side to continue where they left off last Saturday after their emphatic win over St Andrews in the Fife and Lothian Cup but he knows the opposition will be a tougher nut to crack than the premier division side last weekend.
He said: “Forfar are one of the main rivals for the league title and were in real contention but they lost some ground in the past two weeks. We need a win to widen the gap at the top again but it will be tough as we know they are a physical and really competitive side.”
The last time the pair met this season, Forfar took three points off the Rose and Baikie said their opponents deserved their win that day.
But after hitting St Andrews – who are Super League contenders next season – for six, the Rose boss is quietly confident his side can increase their points tally this weekend.
He said: “We got off to a great start against St Andrews and the two goals gave us a cushion but we should have been five goals up by half-time and this gave our opponents some heart. We opened the second half the same as the first with two quick goals and killed the game. In the end, we should have won about 10-nil.”
The win was a boost for the club but the injury to Roddy McLennan was not. In what the Rose boss called a “nasty challenge”, the young striker suffered ankle ligament damage which will keep him out for at least six weeks. But there are fears he could also have suffered a broken metatarsal bone, which if proves conclusive would see him out for the remainder of the season.
The club is already suffering from a depleted squad and Baikie said it is a big blow to lose a player like Roddy, who has such an amazing turn of pace.
The Rose’s next match is on Saturday (April 2) when they travel to Lochee United.