BONNYRIGG ROSE have quietly moved their way into pole position in the McBookie.com East Super League and defender Ross Archibald is determined to see the Midlothian side stay there.
Champions the season before last, Max Christie’s men were left trailing in the title race this term after a series of drawn matches. However, an upturn in results has seen the New Dundas Park side overtake Newtongrange, Linlithgow and Bo’ness in the table while those clubs have been embroiled in cup action.
Archibald believes Bonnyrigg’s first-half display in last weekend’s 4-0 win at Tayport was the best since he joined the club in 2011 and he’s eyeing a repeat for tomorrow’s trip to Sauchie.
“I think our 3-1 win at home to Kelty Hearts at the end of October was the defining game which has turned our season around,” said Archibald. “We all felt the confidence returning.
“And our first-half performance last week against Tayport was probably the best we’ve played since I came here.
“That result was all the better because Tayport have beaten some really big teams in recent weeks so to go to their own turf and get a result like that was great.”
Whle delighted to be top of the league, Archibald insists current champions Linlithgow Rose, who have four games in hand on his team, remain favourites for the crown.
“What we have to do is get as many points in the bag as possible because when the clocks go forward in spring and midweek matches start, a lot of points can be dropped.
“There’s no point sneaking in under the radar to go top then just slip quietly back out again with a poor performance.”
Boss Max Christie has benefited from having a number of players return from injury in recent weeks.
“You start out in your first game of the season with a line-up in mind but very quickly we lost players through injury and it’s only now that the players are starting to return,” he revealed. “There’s a strong belief in ourselves again and we’re in a great position at the top.”