Dalkeith bidding to bounce straight back

Dalkeith Athletic assistant manager Kevin Haynes

Dalkeith Athletic assistant manager Kevin Haynes

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Dalkeith Thistle assistant manager Kevin Haynes believes tomorrow’s match at home to Kennoway Star Hearts provides the Jags with the perfect chance to make up for a disappointing midweek defeat.

Arniston Rangers triumphed 3-1 on Wednesday night in a local derby clash at King’s Park to hand Dalkeith their first defeat of the season after opening their campaign with three straight victories in the Premier League.

The promotion hopefuls sit fifth after four games as they aim to make it out of the second tier for the first time after knocking on the door in recent seasons.

Former Berwick Rangers striker Haynes, who hung up his boots last year before moving into coaching, thought his side were unlucky in midweek but rued their loss of discipline after striker Ewan Ralton and captain Michael Linton were red-carded.

“We were on top after pulling a goal back and then we got two players sent off in two minutes,” he said. “We were still trying to get the equaliser and they caught us again. It was just one of those games.

“We had the majority of the ball and had them pressed back but they defended that deep that we couldn’t get in behind.

“We’ll get back into it tomorrow and it’s a good chance to get three points again and the perfect opportunity to bounce back straight away.”

Dalkeith are without youngster Ralton for tomorrow’s match, while a further two of their players are still on holiday.

Bottom-of-the-table Edinburgh United will be looking to get their first points on the table after losing their first four league matches conceding 20 goals without scoring. They host Dundee Violet at Paties Road. Elsewhere, Haddington Athletic face a tough trip to Lochee United but travel in buoyant mood after an impressive start in the second tier, while Arniston could go top of the league if manager Jock Landells can lead his side to victory away to Jeanfield Swifts.

In the South Division, Junior new boys Easthouses Lily hope to maintain their impressive start and keep their place at the top of the table when they host Tranent Juniors at Easthouses Park.