Dalkeith slump to defeat in Fife
Thornton Hibs collect all three points in a close match
April started well with fantastic wins against Bathgate and St Andrews, but that revival was short lived as three straight defeats this month have followed to put the Jags within touching distance of the bottom four clubs in the league.
There will be no relegation for Dalkeith as the club is moving to the East of Scotland League next season but we had hoped to leave Junior football on a high. The club now has four remaining games to salvage something from what has been a very disappointing season on the park.
Having said that, the Jags started brightly against a young Thornton side who are enjoying a good season in the East Premier, and on the back of this result are holding out for possible promotion to the Super League.
The game flowed from end to end at a decent pace with both sides creating good opportunities in the first quarter. Stewart Adams struck the cross bar with Dalkeith's best chance from the edge of the penalty area - the ball seemed to cross the line as it hit the ground and bounced out but the referee disagreed.
Thornton took the lead five minutes before half time with Ben Anthony on the break holding off his marker well before firing past Connar Easton. James Laing was fouled in the build up and Dalkeith felt aggrieved that play was allowed to continue.
The second half continued with much of the same. Dalkeith enjoyed more possession than their hosts but couldn't find an equaliser despite creating several chances. Tempers frayed towards the end as frustration threatened to boil over with eight bookings in total including five for Dalkeith in what was a physical match but played in good spirit, as Thornton battled to earn the three points and gain revenge for a 3-0 reverse at King's Park earlier in the season.
Disappointing to leave with nothing having put a lot into the game, we now face Whitburn at home in midweek.
Photo Credit: Thanks to Thornton FC, cracking shot of Anthony's goal