Home defeat for injury-hit Dalkeith Thistle

Dalkeith 0-1 Bathgate
Dalkeith 0-1 Bathgate

A Robbie Feeney strike ten minutes from time was enough to give the visitors all three points in a pulsating encounter at King’s Park last Saturday.

The Jags went into this game with only 11 fit players and the bench was made up of three Under-19 players. That aside, the Jags had the better of the opening exchanges and both Hunter and Lally came close to opening the scoring.

The visitors tested David Hay on 20 minutes but Paul Tansey had the best chance of the game on 30 minutes when he rounded the goalkeeper only to see his effort cleared off the line by a 
defender.

On the stroke of half-time the visitors should have taken the lead with a shot which went wildly over the bar when it should at least have hit the target.

In the second half it was one way traffic from the visitors with David Hay in the Dalkeith goal pulling off three terrific saves and the inside of the post came to his rescue on 70 minutes when Jaconnelli’s effort struck the upright and rolled along the line before being cleared.

Just when it looked like the Jags would hold on, Robbie Feeney slotted home the winner on 80 minutes, capitalising on a mistake in the Dalkeith defence.

A brace of top cup quarter-final ties are featured this coming Saturday, with Newtongrange Star at home to top of the Premier League Dundonald Bluebell in the East of Scotland Cup, while Penicuik Athletic host a Fife and Lothians Cup tie against fellow Super League St Andrews United.

At Newbyres Park, Arniston Rangers will be chasing their seventh consecutive Premier League win as they entertain Oakley United, with Dalkeith Thistle away to Kennoway Star Hearts.