Rose re­main top of the pile

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Lin­lith­gow.......3 Hill of Beath ....... 0

Lin­lith­gow Rose picked up their eighth win on the bounce and opened up a four point lead at the top of the Su­per­league with a fine dis­play against Hill of Beath at Pre­ston­field.

The hosts were given a huge help­ing hand to their three points by the visitors who had Aaron Hay sent-off early in the sec­ond half for a late foul on Gary Thom - while John McCul­loch was also dis­missed for a push on Roddy McLen­nan in the af­ter­math.

Lith­gae were up by one at that point but were far from their best with Owen Ron­ald get­ting on the score­sheet af­ter his ef­fort de­flected off a de­fender and into the net four min­utes be­fore the break.

It took the hosts just five min­utes fol­low­ing the dou­ble dis­missal to make their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage count as for­mer Queen’s Park striker Ai­den Malone net­ted a stun­ner off the post from 25 yards.

The re­sult was now not in doubt but hit­man Tommy Coyne was able to edge his way closer to the club’s all-time goalscor­ing tally with a late com­posed goal at the back post.

Mark Bradley’s side are now in East of Scot­land Cup ac­tion on Satur­day as they look for a re­match with Hill of Beath. They will need to get the bet­ter of Tay­port away from home to set that up.

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