Although looking forward to his Carmuirs Park return tomorrow, Linlithgow Rose boss Danny Smith is only focused on securing all three points to lift his side up the Super League table.
Former Camelon manager Smith and assistant Alan Moffat made the difficult decision to leave the Falkirk side, known as The Mariners, in March after three years in charge – and tomorrow they go back to the club which they took to the semi-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup last season.
“We had some great times there and great memories, but I’ve got a different focus now and it’s on trying to get three points for Linlithgow,” said Smith. “It will be good seeing the committee boys, but we need to try and get ourselves three points.
“There are not a lot of players still there from my time in charge, only a handful if that, but I’m expecting a very difficult game and we’ll need to be at our best to get a result.”
Several Rose players are also returning to Carmuirs Park for the first time since joining up with Smith at Prestonfield. Blair Batchelor, Andy McGown and Kevin Kelbie all made the short journey to West Lothian in the summer.
Striker Kelbie netted an incredible 39 goals in all competitions for his previous club last season, and, after returning from injury as a substitute in last weekend’s 4-0 win against Armadale, his manager is looking for him to kick-start his Rose career. “He’s still a few weeks away from full fitness, but with Coco [Colin Strickland] being injured it might give him an opportunity. Hopefully he can find his shooting boots now.”
Rose currently sit in sixth place in the league table, 13 points behind league leaders Kelty, but with four games in hand. Following tomorrow’s match they face a double-header at home against Sauchie and Lochee United. So far they have flattered to deceive at home in the league, with just three wins out of seven. Smith insists they need to string a run together.
He added: “We now need to go on a run and string four, five, six results together. We’ve got a few league games after tomorrow and we need to aim for maximum points in these games.”