Linlithgow won’t appeal Gordon Herd’s Cup red card

Gordon Herd. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
Gordon Herd. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
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LINLITHGOW ROSE have decided not to appeal the red card handed out to Gordon Herd in last weekend’s William Hill Scottish Cup second-round replay defeat by Deveronvale.

Herd was dismissed late on in the 3-1 loss at Prestonfield after referee David Munro harshly adjudged him to have fouled Graeme Rodger. To most observers, Rodger – who appeared to be outside the box – simply ran into the back of Herd, who wasn’t even aware of the player’s presence.

However, following a committee meeting, Linlithgow decided that, due to the potential cost of a failed appeal, they would not be looking to have the decision overturned.

As a result, Herd is suspended for Rose’s next match against St Andrews this Saturday and, should Linlithgow reach the William Hill Scottish Cup in future, Herd would be out of their first game.

Linlithgow were today counting the cost of Saturday’s bruising encounter as they discovered that full back Ritchie McKillen, on the receiving end of a hefty challenge early in the match, will be out of action for up to four months with ligament damage to his knee.

Manager Mark Bradley doesn’t have his problems to seek, with John Ovenstone out following surgery, Ruari MacLennan, (groin strain), and Stuart McArthur waiting on scan results.