Broxburn Athletic 0, Bonnyrigg Rose 6.
Bonnyrigg Rose extended their stunning unbeaten run to 17 games to end the 2015 in East Super League pole position.
They go into the festive break following an awesome 6-0 thrashing of former boss Max Christie’s Broxburn Athletic at Albyn Park on Saturday.
Bonnyrigg had the ball in the net but had the “goal” was chalked off before they opened their account in 16 minutes through ‘back from illness’ Wayne McIntosh and just 10 minutes later it was 2-0 to the Rose, playing against the wind on a slippery surface, with Kieran McGachie heading home a corner.
Ten minutes later and it was unstoppable Bonnyrigg who went 3-0 up following an excellent move up the left wing from Adam Nelson and Ruaridh Donadson setting up Lewis Turner to net the third Rose strike of the first half.
Bonnyrigg were to use three substitutes over that second half but took some 20 minutes or so to get used to playing with the wind at their backs.
There was controversey on 65 minutes when home keeper Gary Maley was red-carded for a crude tackle and the resultant spot kick taken by Dean Hoskins saw substitute keeper Gavin King’s first touch of the ball in picking the ball out of the net. Rose stormed 4-0 ahead.
Then Ross Archibald, the hero netting the winner against Fauldhouse the week before, might have had a five minute hat-trick but he missed the first and third chances but netted the Rose fifth goal in 77 minutes with a terrific header as the Rose created and missed several chances that could have made the final winning scoreline even more.
Just three minutes from tin high sixes for Robbie Horn’s men as a left-footed volley from Dean Hoskins rattled the homesters net leaving the home crowd dispirited to say the least.
Bonnyrigg were in champion form in that display and will be looking forward the second half of their Super League season.
They could be arranging a couple of midweek friendlies during the festive break to keep in trim for the league resumption on January 9.
Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews, Horne, Donaldson, Stewart, Moyes, Hoskins, Archibald, Turner, McGachie, Nelson, McIntosh. Subs: Brown, Kidd, Tobin, Trialist, Rooney.