Linlithgow Rose still have a long way to go to match 2013 record, says boss Gordon Herd

After making it 20 straight wins in league, Linlithgow Rose boss Gordon Herd says his team still have a long way to go to match his remarkable achievement as a player for the club nine years ago.

Gordon Herd has led Linlithgow Rose on an incredible 20-game winning run
Gordon Herd has led Linlithgow Rose on an incredible 20-game winning run

Back in 2012-2013, Herd and his Rose team-mates ultimately ended up finalising a 43-game unbeaten run – helping them win the East Superleague (with 19 wins and three draws) and reach the Scottish Junior Cup Final, where the sequence was finally ended in a 1-0 loss to Auchinleck Talbot in front of over 6000 fans at Livingston.

"I was part of that run, although I don’t think we racked up 20 consecutive wins,” Herd – who was sacked by Camelon Juniors last March – told the Journal and Gazette.

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"It’s a great run we’re on now and like I keep saying to the boys – they have a target on their backs now because of it.

“We knew we needed to go on a run. Normally along the way, you’ll get a draw or an odd defeat but to win 20 games in a row is a great credit to the boys, they’ve been magnificent.

"They’ve put themselves in this position where they can go and challenge for a league and in the quarter-finals of one cup and the last 16 of another.

"It’s coming up nearly a year now since we (Herd and Rose assistant John Miller) got the bullet at Camelon. Listen, this club’s run perfectly, with the backing we’ve had from the committee.

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"We don’t need to worry about anything other than football at Linlithgow, whereas there were a lot of side issues when we were at Camelon.

"We’re enjoying it, I think the committee are enjoying it and, most importantly, the supporters are enjoying it."

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Saturday’s cup success over Blantyre saw Rose take the lead midway through the first half when Sean Heaver – making his first start for the club – headed in Cameron Thomson’s cross from the left.

It was 2-0 on the hour when skipper Gary Thom nodded in after a free-kick, with Vics pulling one back when Sam MacKenzie scored after a defensive error.

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Rose, second in the East of Scotland Premier Division, host Crossgates Primrose in the league this Saturday.

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