Thoughts from the Bonnyrigg Rose manager on the past seven days

Monday November 16th 2015

It’s always frustrating when you lose a game to the weather but I think we knew fairly early in the week the way the weather was going that we may well be without a game. Problem is all the other teams were playing and results this week were not as kind to us as last week apart from maybe Penicuik. It all means that that we are going to be playing catch up later in the season, especially if we continue to be successful in the cup competitions so hopefully we don’t suffer too much with the weather over the winter months.

Training has been a bit disrupted this week. We played an hour long bounce game against Whitehill, who train next to us on a Tuesday, which gave boys who needed game time a bit of match practise including Archie which was great to see. On Thursday night the weather was horrific with gale force winds and rain. With no indoor facilities available we ended up cancelling training, the joys of Scottish football!

The prediction from Charlie and the committee was the game would be off on Saturday so that helped in the decision to call off training Thursday and we booked the Astro for Saturday for training. As it turned out the Whitehill game was also off and they were on the other half so we played a 90 minute bounce game where all our players got a run out for 60 minutes. It was great work out bar a couple of controversial offside decisions from Charlie and Brendan – one given against Wayne which he wasn’t happy about! Wayne then had to help out for Whitehill for the last 10 minutes due to an injury and he tried his best not to score!!

I took in the Penicuik game on Saturday afternoon and conditions underfoot were difficult for players but I have to say that Fauldhouse were excellent in the first half and could have been out of sight at half time. To their credit Penicuik showed great character to pull themselves back into the game second half and it was the definite old cliche of game of two halves.

Our two boys out on loan Connar Easton and Dean Whitson had a good weekend. Deano scored the 3rd for Dalkeith in a 3-1 win and has by all accounts settled in well and enjoying his football. Connar kept a clean sheet at the weekend in a 1-0 win as Edinburgh Utd continue to improve and he’s really enjoying getting game time. The Chairman there tells me Connar has been outstanding for them and has been captain recently which is great to hear.

Massive game for us this Saturday in the Scottish away at Jeanfield Swifts. It’s going to be a really difficult game against a team flying high at the top of the Premier League so we need to be at our best. Its unbelievable to hear about how many of our supporters are planning to make the trip up for the game and I hope we can do them proud. I’m hoping we have a full squad to choose from so there will be some big decisions to be made on the starting line up.

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