Rose ready for league champs

070112 Linlithgow roase manager Mark Bradley.
070112 Linlithgow roase manager Mark Bradley.

LINLITHGOW and Bo’ness marched into the fourth round of the Emirates 
Scottish Junior Cup after victories at the weekend.

The Rose faced a tough challenge against West Lothian near-neighbours Fauldhouse while it took a late penalty to see the BUs through at Hermes. Both teams now go into the draw for the last 32 of cup.

After the cup exploits of last weekend, it’s back to the Super League tomorrow (Saturday) when the ‘‘Battle of the Roses’’ sees Linlithgow travel to New Dundas Park while the BUs are at home against St Andrews.

The Rose face a stiff test against Bonnyrigg as they look to bounce back after back-to-back defeats that saw them exit both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish Junior Cup, losing 12 goals in the process to Brechin and Petershill.

Rose boss Mark Bradley said: “We are expecting a tough match at Bonnyrigg as, after their cup 
defeats, they can now focus on the Super League but we will go there looking to come away with three points.”

Looking back to last weekend’s Scottish Cup tie, Bradley said the 3-1 scoreline “flattered” his side.

He said: “We never exerted any pressure on Fauldhouse and, even when they went 2-0 and a man down, they still looked to get something from the match.

‘‘We should have used the man advantage and put the game to bed but, instead, we stood back and 
allowed them back into the game.”

Good news on the player front is that Roddy MacLennan has responded to treatment for an ankle injury and will be fit for Saturday.

At Newtown Park, BU boss Alan McGonigal said he was delighted after last week’s victory, adding: “The trip north was always going to be a difficult task and while we had to defend the majority of the first half due to the strong winds and the slope.

‘‘We knew we were always going to be too strong for them in the second period. We got ourselves ahead but they equalised due to a dubious penalty decision. The referee, however, evened things up by giving us a penalty too.”

Looking ahead to St Andrews, McGonigal said he would “love” a repeat of the scoreline when the clubs met last month (6-1) but added that, as long as his team has the right attitude, they 
will be a “certainty” to win.

The BU coach added that Craig Morrison had been loaned to Dundonald Bluebell until the end of the year while John Harvey, on loan to Tranent, started his road to recovery after several operations by playing for 20 minutes.

Next week, the Rose meet Bo’ness in the first league derby clash of the season at Prestonfield.