East of Scotland League: How ruthless Linlithgow Rose made it 15 wins in a row; 'It is a big statement', says boss Gordon Herd

Alan Sneddon, left, scored a hat-trick for Linlithgow against MusselburghAlan Sneddon, left, scored a hat-trick for Linlithgow against Musselburgh
Alan Sneddon, left, scored a hat-trick for Linlithgow against Musselburgh
The Linlithgow Rose winning train keeps on rolling as they steamrolled Musselburgh Athletic 6-0 to make it 15 victories in a row and jumped up to second in the East of Scotland Premier table in the process.

Rose were unstoppable against a home side who were on a ten-match unbeaten run of their own. Burgh were expected to put up more of a fight, but they couldn’t cope with a clinical Rose side who netted three goals either side of the interval for their first league win at Olivebank in almost seven years.

“Musselburgh are a good side and we were a wee bit weary coming here, we don’t have a good record here,” said boss Gordon Herd.

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“After the first 20 minutes we dominated them, we were clinical in the first half, and then in the second half we just put in a workmanlike performance and came away with a tremendous result.

“We said to the guys before the game ‘Go on and make a statement today, if you can come here and get a result, it’s a statement.”

“I think the manner of the performance and the goals that we scored, it is a big statement, so I’m really pleased.

“I’m a big admirer of how Musselburgh play, they have some right good players and we felt that if we could nullify those players in the right areas, then we would have a chance. The players carried out their instructions to a man really, really well.

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“We can only give the players instructions, it’s them that goes onto the pitch and carry them out; credit goes to the players. They’ve been brilliant since we came in, they have really put a shift in.”

Striker Alan Docherty struck a double for the visitors inside the opening 30 minutes, before Alan Sneddon got his first of the afternoon before the break. Sneddon got a second from close range early in the second half when he flicked on Gary Thom’s header from a corner.

Team-mate Mark Stowe, a half-time substitute got in on the act, before Stowe unselfishly squared to Sneddon to complete his hat-trick just minutes from the end.

It’s that sense of camaraderie that has got Rose eyeing up leaders Penicuik, according to boss Herd, who added: “They were probably a bit short of confidence when we came in, so we’ve got them together as a group, they are a band of brothers.

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“There is no bad eggs in the team, it’s a group of boys who love spending time together.”

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