Hibs not to four against backmarkers: Steelend Victoria 4 - 1 Thornton Hibs

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For the second week in succession, the Hibs went down heavily.

The difference being that the previous Saturday it was the league leaders who handed out the punishment whilst this time round it was the team who propped up the division.

Andy Watt was the man who made the real difference as he claimed a hat-trick plus it was his cross that was diverted into his own net by Craig Hall for the Vics’ second.

And yet, in the first-half, it was the visitors who created most chances but Watt’s 32nd minute strike was the only goal.

The Hibs must’ve fancied their chances playing down the hill in the second-half but when Hall inadvertently converted Watt’s 59th minute cross this gave Craig Gilbert’s team a steeper hill than the one behind Woodside Park to climb.

There was an element of good fortune about Watt’s second goal just three minutes later but there was no argument about the one he claimed his hat-trick with as he charged down Andy Macdonald’s free-kick then chipped Mark Rowbotham from some distance.

Lee White scored a 77th minute consolation for the Hibs but by then it was too little too late.

Thornton Hibs: Rowbotham, Mahkouli, Adam, Hall, Shanks, McGuire, Wallace, Maxwell, White, Mullen, Thomson. Substitutes -Macdonald, Terras, Trialist.

John Laing