With a Junior Cup quarter-final place at stake tomorrow afternoon, Linlithgow Rose boss Danny Smith is first to admit that the match at Camelon’s Carmuirs Park might not be pretty on the eye.
The fact the fifth-round replay was postponed last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch, after a 2-2 draw at Prestonfield, is more reason to believe free-flowing football won’t be on show.
Rose triumphed 4-1 on their last visit to the Mariners in November – Smith’s first return to the club he departed last March.
He is willing to ditch his footballing principles against his former club if it means progression and a last-eight tie away to Yoker Athletic.
He said: “A similar result like that [in November] would be nice, but it will be a hard game – especially on a heavy park – and they’ll be well fired up.
“It’s a massive game and if you’ve not played for a week or two, you need to hit the ground running when you come back.
We need to adapt, roll up the sleeves and try and grind a result out. You can’t always try and play nice football – at this stage of the year you can get upsets because of the park and the weather and we just need to be big enough to handle that.”
Rose are without defender Craig Wilson who is cup-tied, but right-back Mark Tyrrell is available.