Linlithgow Rose feed off Danny Smith effect

NEWTONGRANGE STAR V. LINLITHGOW ROSE, 21.12.13. 'LINLITHGOW'S TOMMY COYNE TURNS AWAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE SCORING HIS SIDES 1ST GOAL FROM THE PENALTY SPOT.

NEWTONGRANGE STAR V. LINLITHGOW ROSE, 21.12.13. 'LINLITHGOW'S TOMMY COYNE TURNS AWAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE SCORING HIS SIDES 1ST GOAL FROM THE PENALTY SPOT.

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Linlithgow Rose striker Tommy Coyne is hoping to celebrate signing a new contract by giving Danny Smith his first win as manager away to Tayport tomorrow.

Coyne penned a new three-year deal this week, while Andy Shirra and Adam Nelson also pledged their futures to the Prestonfield club. Coyne, who played alongside his new gaffer in his last season at the club when Rose last lifted the Scottish Junior Cup in 2010, said: “Obviously with it being Danny’s first game, we are all looking to make an impact. It’s been a few years since Danny was here as player. He’s the manager now and you’ve got to give him that respect.”

Rose are back in the hunt to retain their Super League crown after three league wins on the trot. It’s all set up for a grandstand finish, with Bo’ness looking like their main rivals for the title. Coyne believes his side have a real chance of winning it after regaining their form under caretaker boss Jim Harkins.

He said: “We went through a sticky spell where we didn’t pick up as many points as we should have. We have won the last three league games and that puts the pressure back on other teams. I think at Linlithgow you’ve always got to target to win the league – it’s definitely within our grasp to win it.”

Smith isn’t expected to make drastic changes to the starting XI in his first match in charge, although defender John Ovenstone won’t make it after pulling his hamstring against Dalkeith Thistle last weekend.

After leading former club Camelon into the semi-finals of the Junior Cup last weekend, Smith is looking forward to tomorrow’s match. “It’s a game we need to win,” said Smith. “If we are going to have a chance of winning the league, we need to win the majority of our games now. There is not really any room for error. After winning four in a row, the boys should be confident, and hopefully myself and Alan Moffat [assistant manager] coming in this week will have given them a lift.”