Rose back to league matters

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IT’S back to league business tomorrow (Saturday) when the Rose play host to Broxburn at Prestonfield, kick off 2pm.

With no game last weekend due to a frozen pitch at Tranent, Rose boss Mark Bradley is welcoming the opportunity to play in front of home fans and at the same time look to extend the club’s lead at the top of the Super League.

He said: “We have not played at Prestonfield since December 29 as all our matches have been away from home or cancelled. It will be good to have the home crowd behind us for such an important match. If we win, we can put 23 points between us and second-placed Bo’ness as they are on Scottish Cup duty.”

Bradley was disappointed that last Saturday’s Fife and Lothians cup tie did not go ahead, saying: “The players were up for the match after the win over Arthurlie the week before. I had hoped to organise a friendly in midweek but it could not be arranged so we had to make do with training.”

Of opponents Broxburn, he added: “We played them at the start of the season and beat them 1-0 at Broxburn. They can be a dangerous side if we don’t cope with their attacking players. But with us having home advantage, I will be expecting Broxburn to be on the back foot and have to deal with pressure put on by us.”

The club this week released keeper Greg Paterson, who signed from Dunfermline at the start of the season. Work commitments meant he could no longer guarantee to be available every Saturday. Bradley, however, was quick to snap up 24-year-old Davie Scott, who was released from Forfar during the January transfer window.

*A minute’s silence will be held before tomorrow’s match in respect of club stalwart Alistair Roy who died earlier this week.