Following their home win over Broxburn United, Rose now face two tough away games. First up is a visit to Bo’ness United this weekend on Super League duty. And then it’s the big one – a trip north to face Turriff United in the first round of the Scottish Cup.
Against Broxburn, it was Wayne McIntosh who stole the headlines once again, his brace helping Rose to keep up the pressure on leaders Kelty.
“It was good to get a double against a side like Broxburn because, in the first half, they had chances themselves to win the match,” said McIntosh, who has now scored 10 goals in his last three games.
McIntosh took just a minute to put Rose ahead after getting on the end of a long ball.
Managed by former Rose boss Max Christie, Broxburn were always going to put up a fight. And so it proved, with both sides having chances to score before a controversial moment in the 30th minute when Rose keeper Mike Andrews brought down Ross Nimmo in the box, and the referee flashing the red card.
The ref then changed his mind to show a yellow card and, when the dust settled, Craig Purves slotted home the resultant penalty to square the match at one goal apiece.
The champions, however, were to restore their lead on the hour-mark, with that man McIntosh again the scorer.
Broxburn went on to enjoy plenty of possession, but couldn’t add to their tally.
With the visitors chasing the game, their goalkeeper came up for corner in the last minute and was left stranded as Lewis Turner netted a spectacular goal from the halfway line to seal the victory.
“We made it hard for ourselves in that half but turned it around after the break,” admitted McIntosh. “I’m going to miss this week’s game against Bo’ness, but will hopefully be back in time for the Scottish Cup match at Turriff.”
rose: Andrews, Horne, Donaldson, Young, Hoskins, Stewart, Jamieson, Turner, McGachie, Nelson, McIntosh. Subs: Moyes, Tobin, Brown, McLaren, Kidd.