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Bathgate Thistle
Sat 3 Feb 14:00 - League Full time

Jags held at home by Bathgate

The Jags picked up their first point of 2018 with a home draw against Bathgate Thistle but in truth it should have been all three points as they found the Bathgate keeper in inspired form

Dalkeith were forced into making a few changes from the previous weeks defeat against Arniston with Dean Whitson dropping to centre back in place of Ross Connell with Daryl Devlin starting in place of Whitson and Jai Whyte given a debut at left back in place of Ryan McQueenie.

The first half was a bit of a damp squib with neither side looking a threat in front of goal, Feeney for the visitors and Tansey for the Jags both tried long range efforts early on but neither keeper was called into action.

The early pattern of the game continued as a dour struggle ensued – neither side capable of string together a coupled of passes, however, on 30 minutes the visitors took the lead in controversial circumstances.

Henderson whipped in a corner from the right which looked to have been gathered safely by McQueen in the Dalkeith goal, however, he was barged from behind and the ball somehow ended up in the back of the net. The Referee took time to make a decision but in the end decided that no foul had been committed and awarded the goal.

This stung the Jags into action and Moncrieff saw an effort ripple the side netting just a few moments later but at halftime the score was still 0-1 to the visitors.

The Dalkeith players were a different side in the second half clearly fired up with the half time roasting they no doubt received from manager Kevin Haynes and they pinned Bathgate back into their own half for long spells.

Paul Tansey almost scored a terrific equaliser when he controlled a clearance to the edge of the box on his chest before sending a left foot volley crashing against the crossbar with the Bathgate keeper well beaten.

The Jags continued to press and were denied a penalty when Devlin was unceremoniously bundled to the ground by a robust ariel challenge. Blake Wales found himself in good shooting positions three times but each time elected to side foot his efforts which were all blocked by defenders.

The Bathgate keeper then saved a Moncreif effort with his feet and somehow kept out a McGlashan piledriver with his face as the pressure mounted.

Devlin was next to threaten has he worked a good position inside the box but once again the Bathgate keeper was able to block the effort low to his left.

With time running out The Jags introduced McMillan for Wales and then Buckley for Murray in attempt to salvage at least a point. The changes were pivotal and with just four minutes remaining McMillan grabbed a goal that the Jags deserved.

Moncrieff played a cross from the left over a static Bathgate defence and McMillan was on hand to guide the ball low past the keeper from 9 yards.

Dalkeith tried their best to get the winner in the remaining time and there is no doubt it would have been deserved on their second half display but it was not to be and a share of the points was the final outcome.

Dalkeith: McQueenie, Murray, Whyte, McGlashan, Whitson, McNeil, Wales, Devlin, Tansey, Leslie, Moncreiff, Subs: McMillan, Buckley, McQueenie, Donlevy, Findlay

Bathgate: Harkness Welsh, Sanderson, Mcmillan Cormack, Mcleod, McIssaac, Hogg, Feeney Boyles, Henderson, subs: Gilhooley, Harris, Thomas, Ogg, Kirkland

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