Unbeaten Thornton Hibs have started as they mean to go on

Thornton Hibs manager Craig Gilbert
Thornton Hibs manager Craig Gilbert

Thornton Hibs manager Craig Gilbert is pleased with his side’s unbeaten start to the season - but insists it could have been even better.

Hibs have picked up two wins and two draws from their opening four North Division games to sit fifth in the table, two points behind leaders Luncarty.

However, Gilbert told the

Thornton have continued their excellent run from the end of last season, and the aim for the club this season is to win promotion.

“We didn’t want last season to finish,” Gilbert added. “Had it gone on for another few more games we could’ve maybe ended up getting promoted. The aim is always to get promotion and we feel we’re capable of it.

“We’ve kept most of the guys who were here last year and brought back some experienced players like Ian Hepburn, James Shields and Ross Morgan.

“They won the league with us before, and were part of the team that got to the semis of the Scottish, so they will help the younger guys.”

The East of Scotland Cup first round takes place this Saturday and Thornton are at home to league rivals Lochee Harp.

Kennoway Star Hearts will look to put back-to-back home defeats behind them when they welcome Premier League side Forfar West End to Treaton Park. Glenrothes are in Premier League action at home to second-placed Dundonald Bluebell.