Manager Danny Smith’s former club came back to haunt him last night as a 1-1 draw at home to Camelon saw Linlithgow miss the chance to go a point behind leaders Bo’ness in the Super League.
Rose’s title challenge could be over by Saturday evening with Bo’ness – who have a game in hand – sitting three points clear on 63 points.
Bo’ness can secure the title with a win away to Hill of Beath this Saturday should Linlithgow fail to beat Lochee United on Tayside.
Linlithgow now need to win their remaining two league fixtures against Lochee and Bo’ness on Saturday week to have any chance of retaining their Super League crown.
Rose had got off to the best possible start after just five minutes last night when striker Tommy Coyne fired in his 15th league goal of the season.
Scottish Junior Cup semi-finalists Camelon drew level on 60 minutes, however, through Kevin Kelbie.
Elsewhere, Super League-bound Penicuik Athletic lost 3-0 away to play-off chasing Glenrothes.
Dalkeith Thistle, who currently occupy third, can secure their play-off spot by taking at least a point away to Montrose Roselea on Saturday.