Goals just come as a bonus to Bonnyrigg Rose striker Wayne McIntosh because he’s got used to scoring them all his career. What he truly craves, is silverware.
The prolific frontman made his move to the Junior game in July after a four-year second spell at Lowland League side Whitehill Welfare and despite missing the early part of the season with a broken toe sustained in pre-season, he already leads the club’s goal-scoring charts with 12 goals.
The 30-year-old scored an incredible 133 goals in two spells with the Rosewell club so it’s no surprise how quickly he’s found his feet in the Super League. His winning strike in the final minute last weekend secured a 3-2 triumph at home to Bo’ness United to make it nine victories in a row for the New Dundas Park side and lifted them to within a point of league leaders Penicuik Athletic.
Although refusing to make any bold claims at this stage that his side will go on to win the league, McIntosh does believe they are capable of producing something special this season as they bid to secure Rose’s first trophy since they won the Super League in 2012.
“It’s hard to say we are going to go on and win the league because we’ve had a good result against Bo’ness,” said McIntosh. “It would be ludicrous to say that now. We’re like anyone else, we’re in a good position, we just need to keep doing what we’re doing and keep applying ourselves. We’ll see what happens come the end of the season. Hopefully we can even get a cup or get to a cup final – the club is craving a bit of success as they’ve not had it for a wee while.
“I’m just loving it here. We’ve got a good bunch of boys and the manager and coaching staff are good lads. The camp is buzzing.”
Bonnyrigg host Broxburn Athletic tomorrow (kick-off 2pm), with former manager Max Christie, who brought the club their last piece of silverware, making his return as boss of the Albyn Park outfit. As assistant to Steve Pittman last season, Broxburn left Midlothian with a 1-0 victory.
Given Rose’s red-hot form as they bid to make it ten victories in a row, while Broxburn look to arrest a run of three straights defeats, confidence is high a they can maintain their current run for a little while yet.
Reflecting on last weekend’s victory, McIntosh, who ran over to his own fans to celebrate his last-minute winner, said: “It showed the character we’ve got in our team to come back twice from behind. Some teams would put their heads down and say that’s us beat, but we kept plugging away and we got our reward. Lucky for me I got a chance when big Kiddo [Andrew Kidd] played me in, he played a beautiful ball through and I chipped the goalie and everything went to plan.
“I was delighted and I actually went a wee bit crazy with my celebration. It was brilliant – I got a wee bit over excited and went right in amongst the fans to celebrate. It just shows you, the fans are right behind us. We’ve got a long way to go and we just need to keep doing what we’re doing – we can’t get carried away.
“Scoring goals is a bonus for me, I’ve scored goals all my life. As long as we can win, even if it’s a deflection, it doesn’t matter to me, winning is the most important thing.”
Rose boss Robbie Horn, who was this week linked with a return to Berwick Rangers as manager, is without former Hearts defender Jonathan Brown who has an ankle injury.
Elsewhere in the Super League, in-form Musselburgh Athletic host former manager David McGlynn’s Linlithgow Rose at Olivebank, while Bo’ness aim to return to winning ways at home to Camelon. In the Premier League, Armadale host bottom club Edinburgh United, while Haddington Athletic and Dalkeith Thistle are on the road to Bathgate and Montrose.