Engaging weekend for Bonnyrigg Rose’s Archibald

Ross Archibald, right
Ross Archibald, right
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As weekends go, the one just past was one of Bonnyrigg Rose defender Ross Archibald’s most memorable.

Not only did the Rose captain lead his side to all three points against Camelon at New Dundas Park on Saturday, but he notched two goals in the 3-1 win all after he had become engaged the night before to his long-term girlfriend.

“All round it wasn’t a bad weekend,” said the 32-year-old, who proposed last Friday to partner Jenna Ewart at Barony Castle, near Peebles.

Archibald, in his fourth season at Bonnyrigg, has certainly flourished in front of goal in recent weeks. The reliable right-back is partial to the odd foray forward, but has hit a purple patch with five goals from his last six matches.

“It’s not a bad wee scoring run to go on. I’ve been prone to goals now and again throughout my career.

“I had a wee spell at the end of last season, albeit I was playing a bit further forward, but Davy’s [McGlynn, Bonnyrigg manager] been alright with letting me bomb forward.”

After losing their opening four Super League matches of the season under previous manager Max Christie and sitting bottom when the now Broxburn Athletic assistant manager departed, Rose looked set to struggle.

However, under former Musselburgh boss McGlynn, they have turned their season around, winning nine of their last 11 matches.

Rose sit fifth in the Super League now, and a win away to Broxburn tomorrow could push them up to third, but at one point Archibald felt they could be facing a relegation fight this season.

“I never expected us to be sitting in fifth place after the start we’d had,” he said. “We were bottom at one point and you kind of start to think ‘is this going to be a year where all you’re doing is trying to survive.’

“I’ve never been involved in a relegation fight going back to my time at Spartans and at Bonnyrigg previously. It would’ve been something new to me, but we turned it around.”

McGlynn will have pretty much a full squad to choose from, but he will be without defender Jonathan Brown for the trip to Albyn Park tomorrow.