Return to winning ways for Roselea

Roselea sent Bathgate Thistle fleeing Broomfield Park with their tails between their legs after this East Premier League match.

Roselea opened brightly with Reid tearing away up the right hand side and his cross intended for the head of Watson was turned behind for a corner. When the corner was cleared, Thomson was caught the wrong side of Murphy but did well to get back and block the ball.

In eight minutes the visiting keeper Adamson vouched that the conditions were testing when he completely missed the ball as he attempted to clear a pass back. Roselea were bossing the play at this stage and were unlucky not to go ahead in 10 minutes.

Campbell sent in a great cross which Collier flicked on and the ball looked to be heading for the net, but it hit the post and rebounded into Adamson’s arms.

Although Roselea were on top, they needed a goal to show for their domination but it wasn’t coming despite decent efforts from Campbell and Whyte.

Roselea finally took the lead that they deserved in 35 minutes. Reid flicked a ball on and Calum Watson, in typical determined fashion, managed to poke the ball home despite his heavy second touch and it looked like the keeper didn’t fancy it.

Bathgate had a big let off in 44 minutes when Reid broke clear and was clattered by Young. Young was booked and Campbell took the free-kick but Adamson saved easily.

In stoppage time there was one last chance for Roselea when a wonderful crossed ball was met by the knee of Watson who must have seen the ball late and he could not steer the ball into the net.

Half-time: Montrose Roselea 1-0 Bathgate Thistle

Roselea did not waste any time increasing their lead with a second goal coming a minute into the second period. Rae played a lovely ball round the full back and when his cross came back to him, Watson conned the keeper by looking like he was going to cross but he whipped a great left footed curler past him and into the net.

Roselea increased their lead on the hour mark from the penalty spot after Reid was brought down by Adamson.

Watson was given the opportunity of a hat-trick and duly obliged by despatching the kick into the net, sending the keeper the wrong way. In 78 minutes Bathgate gave themselves a lifeline when they pulled back a goal. Jaconelli took a free kick and shot past the wall into the corner of the net from 20 yards out.

Reid was determined to get on the scoresheet but despite two good on target shots it wasn’t to be his day. This was confirmed in 88 minutes when he sclaffed a Campbell cross and the ball fell to Morgan Ssmith who scored from close range to complete the scoring for the day.

Full-time: Montrose Roselea 4-1 Bathgate Thistle