Linlithgow boss David McGlynn hailed his depleted squad as they claimed three much-needed points at Penicuik.
Rose had lost their opening two games of the season and McGlynn was delighted as his men came away with a 2-0 win on Saturday thanks to a Kevin Kelbie double.
McGlynn said: “It was a win we needed after losing our first two games. It’s a hard place to come and get a result and the game played out as we expected. They get in your face and play good football. We had six players out injured and they are all big players for us so to come here and get a good win – and give some players game time – is pleasing.”
Penicuik paid the price for sitting back in the opening exchanges when Linlithgow took the lead after 13 minutes.
It was a well-worked goal, starting with a super cross to the back post from Jack Beaumont to Gary Thom and his header back across goal found Kelbie with the easiest of tasks to knock the ball home from six yards.
This kicked Penicuik into action and, for the rest of the first half, they dominated the game. Kyle Scott had an effort cleared off the line and Ryan McCallum beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper but his chip came back off the bar.
The second half started again with Penicuik chasing the equaliser but, in the 62nd minute, they conceded what turned out to be the decisive goal.
Again, it was Kelbie who rose to power home a header from a Beaumont free-kick.
This knocked the stuffing out of Penicuik and, as boss Johnny Harvey urged his side on, Linlithgow found plenty of room. However, Kelbie spurned a hat-trick of chances to complete his own hat-trick and Tommy Coyne crashed the ball off the bar twice in as many minutes.
Penicuik manager Harvey said: “We gave them too much respect from the kick-off but, after losing the opener, we were the better team for long spells before we gifted them another. We then chased the game, tried to change the formation but left ourselves open at the back and they could have scored more. But we played some good football and I think if we had equalised we would have gone on to win the game.”
Penicuik: Bejaoui, Forbes, Noble, Hume, Young, Janczyk, K Scott, Barr, Sommerville, McCallum, Lough. Subs: Inglis, Lister, S Scott, Devlin, Sproule.
Linlithgow: Barnard, McNab, B Donaldson, R Donaldson, Thom, Batchelor, Beaumont, Shirra, Kelbie, Coyne, Gray. Subs: Hamill, Myles, Weir, Adams.