MacLennan brothers help send Rose top

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Linlithgow Rose 5

Bathgate Thistle 3

Mark BRADLEY’S Linlithgow Rose moved into top position in the ACA Sports East Super League as the MacLennan brothers destroyed Bathgate.

The only goal of the first half arrived just after the half hour mark when Gordon Herd raced clear and beat Andy Carlin from the edge of the box.

Rose doubled their advantage in the 55th minute when Herd sent Ruari MacLennan through. The lead was stretched further six minutes later when Roddy MacLennan stroked home.

Marco Andreoni reduced the arrears, but Rose’s cushion was restored when Roddy MacLennan notched his second.

However, Rose went further ahead thanks to Ruari MacLennan’s tap in before Andreoni completed his hat-trick with two injury-time goals for the visitors.

Linlithgow Rose: Allison, Brown, Nelson, Tyrrell, MacKenzie, Ruari MacLennan, Smith, McArthur, Herd (Manson 77 mins), Strickland (Trialist 84 mins), Roddy MacLennan (Trialist 81 mins).

Bathgate Thistle: Carlin, McCulloch, Hamilton (Hogg 80 mins), Leiper, Buchanan, Fallon (R Johnstone 84 mins), Andreoni, Fairbairn, McSween, Jeffrey (Chilton 62 mins), Bones.