BONNYRIGG striker Wayne McIntosh claimed they have given manager Robbie Horn the perfect Christmas present after a 6-0 drubbing of Broxburn ensured the New Dundas Park men will end 2015 on top spot.
The prolific frontman struck the opener for his 16th goal of the season as Bonnyrigg sent out a clear message to their Super League title rivals that they won’t be budged off the league summit easily, with this their ninth league win in an unbeaten 12 games keeping them a point ahead of Musselburgh Athletic. Former Whitehill man McIntosh and his team-mates will now enjoy a well-earned two-week break over the festive period, although they won’t be taking their eye off the ball too much as they aim to continue their incredible form in the new year.
“The gaffer told us to just go out and do the business then we can enjoy a wee break – he can’t ask for much more, I think it’s a good Christmas present for him,” said the 30-year-old.
“It was just a brilliant day at the office. We had a lot of chances and to be honest it could’ve been more. I thought the boys did brilliant in the conditions, we just got on with it and done everything which the gaffer wanted us to do.
“There is a real togetherness about the club. The boys are pitching up at training every week and we’re working hard. That’s all we need to do, we can’t get too carried away, because it is a good league and there’s too many good teams that could all come good. There’s a long way to go, a couple of bad results in this league and somebody is on your tail.”
What has been instrumental in their current run of form is the fledging partnership upfront between McIntosh and his young apprentice Kieran McGachie. The fair-haired, towering striker is a handful for most defenders and he brushed aside Broxburn’s John Miller to carve space for the opener after 17 minutes, drawing home keeper Gary Maley aside before pulling back for McIntosh to tap home.
Despite playing into the wind in, Rose were unperturbed as they swept forward at ease in a dominant opening period. Five minutes after the opener, McGachie headed home Rose’s second from Lewis Turner’s corner kick. A trip to Broxburn’s unforgiving Albyn Park on a synthetic surface is usually a strict assessment for any side, but Bonnyrigg were passing this test with consummate ease. Midfielder Turner made it three before the break when he fired in from close range after a pin-point delivery from left-back Ruaridh Donaldson.
The home side showed a bit of resilience after the interval, but there would be no way back after keeper Maley was red-carded. Somewhat harsh too after he’d felled McIntosh who looked to round him in the area, with referee Simon MacLean serving out the double punishment. Centre back Dean Hoskins, Rose’s top scorer in the league, fired past replacement keeper Gavin King from the spot.
Rose continued to dominate against their ten-man hosts as Horn rung the changes to inject some fresh legs with the three points in the bag. Substitute defender Jonny Brown was the architect for number five with his ball from the right headed into the net by captain Ross Archibald with his back to goal.
Hoskins added a sixth with a curling strike for his fourth league double of the season, the former Berwick Rangers man having scored just five goals in almost three years at Shielfield Park, but he has already hit double figures for Rose this season.
Manager Horn heaped praise on his stalwarts and revealed he may look to add to his squad over the next few weeks. He said: “We had a real desire about us today; I thought we were different class. I can’t ask any more than to be top of the league at Christmas and New Year. For a bunch of boys who came together at the start of the season, to do what they are doing is unbelievable.
“I’ve got a strong squad but I’d maybe like to bring one more in.”
Broxburn Athletic: Maley, Locke, Young, Millar, J. Miller, Manson, Scott, A. Miller (Nimmo), Keast (King), Dalrymple, Anderson (Lochrie).
Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews, Horne, Donaldson, Stewart (Brown), Moyes, Hoskins, Archibald, Turner (Tobin), McGachie (Kidd), Nelson, McIntosh.