Gutted Caledonian Braves boss Ricky Waddell heaped praise on his players after defeat to title-challenging Bonnyrigg Rose.

A David Sinclair double wasn’t enough for the Alliance Park outfit as a late goal saw them return to Lanarkshire with nothing.

Despite the defeat,Waddell admits it was tough to be angry with his players after an impressive showing.

He said: “We are obviously gutted with the result and if Bonnyrigg are honest they will feel lucky to get the win.

“We controlled the game for long periods and were probably the better team.

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“Sometimes this season we have disappointed against the very top teams in this division and I can’t say that for the Bonnyrigg game.

“We did ourselves justice even though we didn’t end up taking anything.

“It’s frustrating because I believe we are capable of doing that on a regular basis.”

Dean Brett got the better of Serge Makofo and slid the ball home into the roof of the net to open the scoring much to the delight of a sizeable travelling support.

Minutes later the Braves would equalise. A free kick from Sinclair was beautifully placed into the right hand side of the net giving the keeper no chance of stopping this one.

Moments before half time, Bonnyrigg would take a lead into the interval. A corner wasn’t cleared and a goal bound header was deflected into his own net by Alan Reid.

Marshall again had to produce a fine save to keep Hunter from doubling the Rose lead while Sinclair had a long range effort deflected over the bar.

The Braves equalised with just under half an hour left of play.

Great work from McNeil on the edge of the box who had his shot blocked, falling into the path of Sinclair. His initial effort couldn’t beat the first defender but when given a second opportunity the midfielder rifled the ball into the net to make it 2-2.

McNeil almost put the Braves ahead with a long range effort, but the Rose keeper made a great save on the goal-line, before Rose snatched a winner.

Dan Baur sneaked behind the Braves defence following a long forward free-kick as he smashed the ball past Marshall to send the Rose fans home happy.