Bottom of the East Super League and heading for relegation Fauldhouse United conceded their 59th league goal of the season but it should have been more as champions Bonnyrigg piled on the pressure.
The Rose found stubborn resistance and no finisher as Bonnyrigg’s twosome left them two short of their 80th goal of the season.
The league match was switched from Fauldhouse’s Park View but the match saw Bonnyrigg make heavy weather of itonly getting their second conclusive goal a minute from time despite Bonnyrigg having some 90 per cent of the game.
However the Rose’s three points were welcomed as the league leaders Kelty at home last Saturday 2-1 to Perth’s third bottom Jeanfield Swifts.
Fauldhouse dwelt heavily on the offside trap that the Rose too often fell for especially in the first half as it took Bonnyrigg all of 35 minutes to break the deadlock when pivot Euan Moyes saw the ball into the net as the loose ball broke kindly for him.
In a huff and puff Rose display the first half finished in low key fashion with Robbie Horn’s men ahead by that solitary strike.
Even within a minute of the restart Wayne McIntosh after good work by Ruaridh Donaldson put a great chance over the bar when it looked a second Rose goal was on its way.
Another Rose chance rebounded off the United keeper as Bonnyrigg continued to be frustrated.
It wasn’t until the 89th minute that a shot from substitute Lewis Turner rebounded off the Fauldhouse keeper and Adam Nelson netted the second goal that gave the champions all three points and a clean sheet.
With Gartcairn winning their fifth round Scottish Cup replay at Carluke 3-2 last Saturday they join Bonnyrigg in the quarter-final draw
Kelty’s maximum points total is currently 83 while for Bonnyrigg it is 81 as the season enters the spring with Bonnyrigg away at Dundonald on Saturday for an East of Scotland Cup second round tie.
Bonnyrigg: Andrews, Horne, Brown, Stewart, Moyes, Young, Donaldson, Kidd, McGachie, Nelson, McIntosh. Subs: Turner, Gray, Jamieson, Archibald, Brennan.