Thistle are caught short

Vale of Leithen 2

Lothian Thistle 0

EoS PREMIER DIVISION

DAVE RYCE reports from Victoria Park

If Vale manager Robbie Horn had any misgivings about the slightly threadbare nature of his squad going into this game, he only had to glance at the visitors’ changing room to feel better about it.

The resignation of the Lothian Thistle management team earlier in the week saw the capital side arrive in the Borders with just 11 players, with keeper Kevin Swain at centre-forward.

Vale were awarded a mysterious penalty for an unseen infringement by a Lothian defender, but as Steven Radzynski prepared to take the kick, referee John Weir had a change of heart and awarded a goal kick to the visitors instead.

Vale were generally the more positive side, but it was Thistle who came closest to making the breakthrough as a Craig Stewart corner was met by Lloyd Dignan, whose header hit the crossbar.

In first-half injury time, Vale had a decent shout for a penalty turned down as Lothian’s Conan McDiarmid appeared to shove Scott Moffat to the ground, but they were awarded a spot kick a couple of minutes into the second half as McDiarmid sent David Anderson tumbling in the area. This time, Radzynski was allowed to send the ball high into the net from the spot.

Vale proceeded to play some delightful football and pulled further ahead in the 70th minute.

A good move saw Stephen Doohan make progress down the flank before slipping a pass inside to Moffat, who centred for Radzynski to fire home.

Vale of Leithen: D. Walker, A. Milligan, C. Beaton, R. Miller, J. Hall, K. Bracks, D. Anderson (S. Hassan 67), D. Gillon, S. Radzynski, S. Moffat, S. Doohan.