Bonnyrigg get season off to a flying start

Bonnyrigg Rose put down a marker for the rest of the Lowland League season when domestic action returned again at the weekend.
Dean Hoskins has arrived back from Spartans to Bonnyrigg. Pic by Lisa Ferguson.Dean Hoskins has arrived back from Spartans to Bonnyrigg. Pic by Lisa Ferguson.
Dean Hoskins has arrived back from Spartans to Bonnyrigg. Pic by Lisa Ferguson.

A thumping 4-0 win at Gala Fairydean Rovers set a standard, the margin of the scoreline matched by only one other side in the division, Kelty Hearts.

The two are neck and neck, almost literally, from kick-off and it’s expected that’s how it’ll be until the season ends.

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Rose, who were due to play Caledonian Braves as we were going to print, have added to their ranks, signing Dean Hoskins for a second spell from Spartans.

The 34-year-old penned a two year deal.

Dean spent four and a half seasons at the Rose in his first spell, making 151 appearances and scoring 43 goals and was available for the first home Lowland League game against Caledonian Braves.

Manager Robbie Horn said: “With Moyesie leaving due the situation with his work and the birth of his first child it has left us short of options in defence.

“Deano was desperate to come back and from our perspective we know exactly what we are getting with him.

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“He was a top player for us in his previous spell and a great addition to our squad.

“We are grateful to Dougie and Spartans in helping to get a deal done.”

The movement didn’t end there at New Dundas Park, though, with some of the club’s younger players exiting on loan.

Nicky Weir, Robbie Neave and Arran Laidlaw will all move on loan to Vale of Leithen for this season in order to give them much needed game time at this stage of their young careers.

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