Heavy defeat is last straw as Lithgae boss Bradley resigns

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Mark Bradley resigned as Linlithgow Rose manager after Saturday’s 6-0 East of Scotland defeat to struggling St Andrews, insisting: “I am not prepared to accept performances like that.”

Bradley, who led Rose to the Super League title last season – without losing a match – plus a Scottish Junior Cup final against Auchinleck, has seen his team endure a torrid run of form. Saturday’s defeat, which saw his team reduced to eight men, was the final straw.

“There were things happening in the background that I didn’t like and it was the best thing for myself and the club for me to resign,” said Bradley. “Saturday was the worst I’ve seen from the same group of players who did so well last season.

“It’s been like this since we started talking to the players about new contracts. The team have been poor since then and I am not prepared to accept performances like that.”

Defensive lapses allowed St Andrews to notch three first-half goals through Gary Sutherland, Lee Sibanda and Ricky Patrick. Any thoughts of a second-half Rose revival were ended when John Ovenstone and Steven Meechan saw red within seven minutes of the restart.

Sutherland, Barry Sibanda and Ryan McInnes increased the home side’s tally to six before Tommy Coyne’s dismissal reduced the visitors to eight men.

St Andrews United: Cargill, McMullan, Seeley, Mackie, Drummond, McInnes (Morgan 80), Kadela, Patrick, B Sibanda, Sutherland (Duncan 80), L Sibanda.

Linlithgow Rose: Christie, Tyrrell, McKillen, Nelson, Ovenstone, Meechan, Wilson (Herd 57), Strickland, Diack (Ruari MacLennan 50), Coyne, Roddy MacLennan (Smith 57).