Ross Archibald seals derby win for Bonnyrigg

Ross Archibald celebrates his superb winner. Pic: Alan Wilson

Ross Archibald celebrates his superb winner. Pic: Alan Wilson

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GOALS either side of half-time sealed victory for Bonnyrigg Rose in their local derby with Newtongrange Star.

Ross Archibald has been played in almost every position this season and he produced the killer second goal on Saturday.

“We’ve been knocking on the door in a lot of our games recently without success so we will take the result and be glad of it,” Archibald said.

“I have been played in positions I’m not used to but I’m happy with that. I just want to play football.”

A cross into the Star box was handled by the visitors’ Blair Tolmie and Conor Thomson stepped up and despatched the resulting penalty for the opening goal on 33 minutes. But Star fought back and a wonderful double save from Bonnyrigg goalkeeper Paul Grant kept them in the lead.

However, Bonnyrigg secured the points with a terrific goal in the 61st minute which was started by Archibald himself.

He picked up the ball in his own half before sending Fraser McLaren racing down the left wing and from his team-mate’s cut-back, placed a shot beyond Grant from ten yards and into the net.

Newtongrange midfielder Steve Noble was given a straight red card for a tackle with just ten minutes left.

Bonnyrigg boss David McGlynn was happy to get back among the goals again.

“We’ve been playing well enough without getting the results our play deserved so it was good to get one over on your local rivals,” he said.

But a disappointed Newtongrange manager Alan Miller said: “There was no buzz about the game. It was flat for what is usually a great local derby and I’m disappointed that our players didn’t recognise that.”

Bonnyrigg Rose: Grant, Wilson, Brown, Stewart, Woodburn, Hoskins, Horne, Whitson, Archibald, McLaren, Thomson. Subs: Court, Easton.

Newtongrange Star: Renton, McManus, Delland, Tolmie, Dunn, Noble, Jamieson, Gillon, King, Thomson, Cropley. Subs: Wilson, Kerr, Swaney, Amos.