Junior football preview: ‘We need to keep our eye on the ball’

Andy Adam hits home a terrific free kick in Thornton's win against Blairgowrie
Andy Adam hits home a terrific free kick in Thornton's win against Blairgowrie

Thornton Hibs boss Craig Gilbert has warned his side not to become complacent as they look to climb into the promotion places in the McBookie.com North Division.

Hibs’ excellent 3-2 win over second-placed Blairgowrie on Saturday moved them to within eight points of their opponents, but with three games in hand.

But Gilbert feels his team could be even higher up in the league if it hadn’t been for “stupid” points dropped and says he has warned his players they need to raise their game for every match.

“We thoroughly deserved to win on Saturday,” he said. “The problem this season has been that we seem to raise our game against the better sides and I’m sick of drilling it into the players that they can’t just turn up against teams lower in the league and expect to win.

“We’ve only lost three out of 15 – that’s not bad – but we should be higher up than we are. Sometimes we just take our eye off the ball.”

Hibs are at Memorial Park again this Saturday when they welcome Lochee Harp, which Gilbert expects will be tough.

“It’ll be very difficult but we’re just taking it game by game.

“When we play at our very best, we can beat anyone.”

Meanwhile, Glenrothes Juniors’ fight against relegation continues this Saturday as they welcome Dundee Violet to Warout.

After collecting four points from their last three league games – all away from home against teams vying for promotion – Glens now need three points at home against a side who sit just four points above them in the East Prmeier League.

Second bottom Glens will hope for a better outcome than their last match against Violet – a 3-1 away defeat in December.

In the North Division, Kennoway Star Hearts will look to continue their promotion charge away to Newburgh.

KSH sit third in the table – three points behind second-placed Blairgowrie – and are unbeaten in eight league games.