It has to be said that this game wasn’t easy on the eye, but a combination of tricky underfoot conditions, a strong wind and a second-half snowstorm may have contributed to this.
Bottom line though is that this was the Hibs’ third win on the trot and Lee White’s rich vein of goalscoring continued.
Chris Ireland also found the net for the second game on the trot since signing from Ballingry, so there was plenty for Thornton to be pleased about.
The first-half was a right scrappy affair with the only noteworthy thing being Lee White’s 41st minute goal.
And what a goal! His free-kick came close to bursting the net to make it seven goals in his last five outings.
The second-half was just three minutes old when Thornton failed to deal with a Bankfoot corner-kick.
The ball eventually fell to David Fyfe who rammed the ball home from 15 yards.
The Hibs’ winner came in the 71st minute when Chris Ireland’s left foot strike from the right fizzed past David Rice and into the far sidenet.
Good saves from Rice and Mark Rowbotham ensured there were no more goals as the snow began, although, bizarrely, only in one half as the tall trees behind the Bankies’ goal shielded one end of the pitch.
The final word must be on the performance of the young ref who was hardly noticed – always a good sign.
Chris McNab used to play in goals for Kirkcaldy YMCA and there’s some who think that the best refs are the ones who played the game.
Certainly, on this performance, you couldn’t argue with them.
THORNTON HIBS: Rowbotham, Terras, Moyes, Thomson, McAinsh, Adam, Drummond, Mahkouli, White, Ireland, Maxwell. Substitutes - Wallace, Mullen, Trialist.