Bonnyrigg all but seal Super League title

Wayne McIntosh celebrates scoring the first goal on Saturday
Wayne McIntosh celebrates scoring the first goal on Saturday

Bonnyrigg Rose only need a point tonight to clinch their first East Super League title in five years, following a five star performance at the weekend.

Rose fans travelled to Carnoustie in big numbers at the weekend ready for a title party, anticipating three points and hoping that champions Kelty Hearts slipped up at Camelon.

However, despite a convincing 5-0 win for the Rose, the champagne was put on ice for a few more days with title rivals Kelty also winning on Saturday. That left the Fifers needing to win their four remaining league matches and hope the Rose lose their final two games, while also making up a goal difference of 23.

So a bumper crowd is anticipated at New Dundas Park tonight, fully expecting to clinch the title against Camelon (kick-off 7.15pm).

Bonnyrigg Rose chairman Charlie Kirkwood is delighted with the club’s season.

He said: “It has been absolutely fantastic. It was a great feeling on Saturday. It makes the whole season worthwhile for the guys. The team has been fantastic all season.

“Wednesday is going to be great for the club. Everyone here is looking forward to it. We are expecting a big crowd.

“We had 3/400 travel through on Saturday. I think it brings the town together. It’s a great feeling.

“It’s every bit as good as the last time we won the league, probably even better given that it’s such a young squad.”

Mr Kirkwood believes his club’s success shows that splashing the cash is no match for good old-fashioned hard work and a strong team spirit.

He said: “I have been chairman for six years and as far as togetherness is concerned I have never seen a tighter group of players.

“They socialise together and get a long very well, which has made the difference.

“It’s a relatively young squad to be fair, it must have an average age of 24/25.

“We have signed most of the team up for next season, so we are hoping to build on this.

“I think we will be stronger next season as this young squad continues to grow together.

“In my opinion, we have been much better than anybody we have played this season.

“On Saturday they were so quick out of the traps and were superb again.

“For me, it all makes everything worthwhile. It’s really good for everyone at the club.

“The whole committee and the treasurer are positive. Our finances are good.

“This shows that spending a lot of money doesn’t always work. We have no money problems and here’s hoping for more success next season.”

Things could have been so different had manager Robbie Horn moved to Berwick Rangers earlier in the season.

Mr Kirkwood added: “They asked him to go for an interview. But his family is very happy where they are and they come to every game. They love the club. It’s a really good place to be at the moment.”