Results are all that matter at this stage of the season according to Bonnyrigg Rose assistant boss David Burrell.
Rose have recorded several late victories recently and continued that theme last weekend with a last-minute win courtesy of striker Wayne McIntosh’s late strike away to North Division outfit Downfield in the East of Scotland Cup.
The New Dundas Park men, who remain frontrunners for the Super League title, return to league business tomorrow. They were displaced off top spot last weekend as Bo’ness United leapfrogged them while challengers Kelty Hearts cut the gap to two points.
Rose take on Tayport at home eager to atone for their last league result – a 2-1 loss away to Bo’ness which ended a run of 16 league games without defeat.
Burrell, who linked up with boss Robbie Horn in the summer after ending his player career with Penicuik Athletic, is expecting a tough encounter with second-bottom Tayport having lifted themselves off the foot of the table with three victories in succession.
“Tayport have obviously picked up recently, they’ve had a few good results and they’ll be coming with confidence,” said Burrell. “They had a difficult start to the season, but they’ve had a new manager come in and he’s obviously had a big impact. It’s not going to be an easy game, we played them up there earlier this season and it was a tight affair until we got the first goal.
“It’s all about churning results at this end of the season, it’s all about getting three points on the board no matter how you play at times. The more points we get, and maintain that advantage over other teams it puts pressure on them.
“Kelty obviously closed the gap a wee bit last weekend, but we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and keep winning games.”
Burrell tasted Super League success twice in an 11-year spell with Rose and he sees similarities between their current crop of players and the title-winning squads he was a part of.
“Those teams were built on a good camaraderie in the dressing-room, we had a good set of boys and good players and I can see that with the squad we’ve got now,” said Burrell.
“I’ve had my time I think, but certainly when it comes to this stage of the season when you’re playing in big games and hopefully cup finals, those are the games you want to be playing in. On the other side of the coin I’m enjoying the coaching side of things.”
Chris Tobin is available having returned from his loan spell at Arniston Rangers, although Adam Nelson sits out the first of a two match ban while Ewan Moyes and Scott Gray are injured.