BONNYRIGG ROSE manager Robbie Horn was delighted to bounce back from an opening-day defeat to St Andrews with a derby victory over Newtongrange Star in midweek and he’s looking for the same level of application from his players when they host Linlithgow Rose tomorrow.
Horn’s first match as Rose boss last Saturday ended with an unexpected 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted St Andrews.
Their preparations for the match were rocked as goalkeeper Paul Grant got stuck in traffic with captain Ross Archibald all set to go between the sticks with other keeper Billy Bauld at a family wedding.
With the kick-off delayed, Grant arrived just in time to get stripped before taking to the field without undergoing any pre-match warm-up.
“After Saturday, it felt like I had a weight on my shoulders, so it was good to get a win in midweek,” said Horn.
“It all went wrong on Saturday. Paul got held up at work, then got stuck in traffic and got pulled over for speeding so he turned up for the game at half two. Bauldy had a family wedding so it wasn’t as if we could put him in – it looked like Archie would have to go in goals for a wee while.
“We managed to get the kick-off delayed for ten minutes so Paul went in and got changed then went straight out without warming up. It wasn’t a great day for Paul to say the least.”
Bonnyrigg bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Midlothian neighbours Newtongrange on Wednesday night and, bearing in mind they were missing several players against a Star side, who began the season with victory over champions Kelty Hearts, Horn was pleased to get the win. He said: “We got a good reaction from the players the other night. I thought we were the better team and we outworked and outfought them.
“Starting with the Newtongrange game, we’ve got a really difficult run of matches against teams that I expect will be up there challenging. I think we have a bit of depth in the squad, as we were a few bodies down the other night.”
David McGlynn returns to his former club having left his post to take over at Prestonfield in the summer and he feels it’s important that his side gets the first goal in the match having gone behind in their opening two league fixtures against Tayport and Camelon.
Rose have drawn their opening two matches and McGlynn is eager to get his first win, although he isn’t expecting it to ome easily. He said: “We need to go in front because it gives teams something to hold onto when they go ahead and it becomes difficult for the opposition.
“It will be a very tough game and they had a really good result the other night.”
The home side are without striker Wayne McIntosh, who has a cracked bone in his foot, while fellow forward Fraser McLaren has a hamstring problem. Former Spartans striker Keith McLeod, though, is on trial at New Dundas Park.
Linlithgow are missing Roddy MacLennan, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in their opening match of the season, while Joe Hamill is a doubt against his former club through illness.
Elsewhere, Penicuik Athletic host Kelty Hearts, Musselburgh take on Hill of Beath at home, Bo’ness United are away to St Andrews, and Newtongrange make the trip to Tayport.