Bonnyrigg Rose hungry for big game at Kelty

Ross Archibald came on to score last week after recovering from injury

Ross Archibald came on to score last week after recovering from injury

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Bonnyrigg Rose boss Robbie Horn admits tomorrow’s Super League match away to league champions Kelty Hearts will be a stern test of their title credentials – but he’s happy to be involved in the big matches because it means his side are in contention.

Rose are on a remarkable run of form, with their unbeaten run stretched to 14 games last weekend as they knocked out Premier League leaders Jeanfield Swifts 3-1 to advance to round four of the Scottish Junior Cup.

The New Dundas Park men share third spot in the table with tomorrow’s opponents and know a win at New Central Park will take them top with Penicuik Athletic and Musselburgh not in league action.

“It’s a huge match. They are the league champions and on the new surface as well, so it’s going to be a new experience for our boys playing on that surface,” said Horn. “We’re looking forward to it. They are full of quality, experienced players who have played at a higher level so it’s going to be a big test for us.

“That’s where we want to be though, we want to be playing in the big games. If you aren’t playing in big games it means you’re not competing.”

Former Berwick Rangers assistant boss Horn welcomed back captain Ross Archibald to first-team action last weekend, with last season’s player of the year making his first appearance since early September following recovery from a hamstring injury.

The defender made an instant impact after coming on as a substitute by putting the visitors 2-1 ahead and Horn revealed the former Spartans player had helped him make the crucial substitution.

He said: “He’s been kicking his heels a bit on the side. There’s been a couple of times where I’ve looked to put him on but he’s not felt 100 per cent. Dave Burrell [assistant manager] was on holiday on Saturday so I was kind of leaning on Archie to bounce things off during the game. I was thinking about making subs and he said ‘What about me?’ and I said ‘Do you fancy it?’, he said ‘Aye, I’ll get you a goal.’ Right enough, he got himself ready and came on and scored.

“It’s great to have him back, he’s great around the changing room and he’s well respected by all the players.”