Bonnyrigg rise above the slog to take top spot

Bonnyrigg Rose FC.
Bonnyrigg Rose FC.

Bonnyrigg are back on top of the Super League with eight matches left to play in their bid for the 2016 title.

Last Saturday on a poor park at Sauchie, the Rose notched a fine victory which leaves them 23 points better off than their opponents, who have played four more games.

However, it proved to be a bit of a slog, particularly in a goalless first half which featured little in the way of goalmouth excitement, with the exception of a Wayne McIntosh header which was tipped over the bar by the Sauchie goalkeeper.

Following the interval, it still took some time before Rose made the breakthrough.Their opening goal finally arrived in 69 minutes after one of a number of scrambles in the home penalty area. This time the ball fell to McIntosh, who put Bonnyrigg 1-0 up with a crisp finish. It was the Rose’s 94th goal of the season.

A mix-up between Rose goalkeeper aAndrews nd pivot Kerr Young almost presented Sauchie with an equaliser, but a friendly Bonnyrigg boot came to the rescue and cleared the danger.

In the 84th minute, Bonnyrigg at last scored a second goal to ease the pressure when an excellent run by Scott Gray – an earlier substitute for the injured Jon Brown – set up Kieran McGachie to finish off the Sauchie challenge.

Next up for the Rose is Broughty Athletic, when Adam Nelson is available again following suspension.

Bonnyrigg line-up: Andrews, Brown, Donaldson, Stewart,Young, Archibald, Turner, Kidd, McGachie, Tobin, McIntosh.

l Bonnyrigg take a league break on April 30 when they visit top of the Premier League Dundonald Bluebell in the third round of the Fife and Lothians Cup.