Back to business after Rose cup win

St Andrews and Linlithgow meet on the Recs.
St Andrews and Linlithgow meet on the Recs.

Despite a stylish 6-0 cup win over Linlithgow on Saturday, St Andrews’ players know they’ll have to put the result at the back of their minds.

The side is sitting second bottom of the McBookie.com Super League and remains desperate for the points that can still haul them to safety.

The stunning win on Saturday was a credit to the players who went about their business in supreme fashion.

However, the triumph was some what lost in the aftermath of the match which saw Rose manager Mark Bradley resign shortly after the whistle was blown.

Last week it was the League champions visiting Recreation Park, this week it is the League champions elect making the trip to north east Fife, in the form of Alan Miller’s Newtongrange Star.

Star were promoted from the Premier League at the end of last season and hit the ground running.

Having played 21 league games so far, they have lost just four and drawn one and lead by six points at the top of the table.

The teams to have beat them are Bo’ness, Camelon, Linlithgow and Bonnyrigg Rose last weekend, all teams that are up in the top five and it is these defeats that may come back and haunt them come May.

Manager Gus Malone told The Citizen: “Our performance last week got lost in what went off at Linlithgow at the end of the game, but that is fine by us, we are quite happy that our performance is forgotten because that way Newtongrange might be a wee bit complacent and we can pull off another result.

“A couple of weeks ago I told the boys we had 15 cup finals left, well Saturday is cup final day, and for us lifting the three points come 3.45p.m. will be fine by me.”

Saints visited Newtongrange back in August and were soundly beaten 4-0 on an August day that resembled winter with hail and rain falling in copious amounts.

Saints are a different kettle of fish since that afternoon and will be hoping that they can carry forward last weeks performance and pull off another shock as they fight to remain in the top flight.

Malone’s men currently sit second bottom of the league on nine points, eight behind Ballingry.

Saints welcome back Craig Wedderburn and Phil McGuire to the 16 on duty last weekend and for once Malone and assistant Allan Ramsey have a selection headache for good reasons.

Kick Off at Recreation park is 2.30p.m.