Bathgate Thistle 3-1 Kennoway Star Hearts

Kennoway's Kyle Wilson weaves space for himself.
Kennoway's Kyle Wilson weaves space for himself.

After a three week lay off it was back to some match action as Kennoway Star Hearts were looking to consolidate their position at the top of the league when they visited Bathgate Thistle.

An assured start from the visitors allowed KSH the majority of possession without really testing Penman in the home goal.

The first real chance came from a set piece.

A corner swung in from M.Gay found the head of Partridge and the defender powered a header towards goal only to see it scrambled clear.

The opening goal arrived when Binnington and Rolland combined on the left before Rolland drove a low cross into the penalty area.

Wilson was on hand at the edge of the box to smash a low shot into the net.

Bathgate were still finding it difficult to impose themselves into the game as the end of the half approached HT 0-1

The opening minutes of the second half was a direct contrast to what was witnessed in the previous forty five. Thistle pressed high and gained a free kick just outside the penalty area within a minute of the restart.

Clark tried to place it in the top right hand corner only to see Paterson called into action as he pushed the ball wide for a corner.

From the resultant corner Taylor looped a header over the ‘keeper for a quickfire equaliser

This was to prove a turning point as Bathgate swept up-field and saw a cross-cum-shot from Henderson take a deflection and wrong foot Paterson as the ball squirmed into the net.

Clearly rocked by the manner of the goals conceded KSH started to over commit and a slack pass from defence saw Dalrymple produce a dazzling run as he powered past a few players and struck a low shot into the corner of the net.

KSH - Paterson, Young, Partridge, Brewster, Rolland, Band, Byers, C.Gay, Binnington, Wilson, M.Gay.

Subs - Craig, Cunningham, Davidson, Mann, Sutherland.

Next is Haddington Athletic at home at 2.30pm.