High-flying Bathgate not talking about promotion

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BATHGATE boss Bob Main insists it’s too early to talk about his side winning promotion to the Super League – despite them averaging over four goals a game this season.

Thistle sit three points clear at the top of the Premier League, having scored 38 goals in their nine matches so far.

Main, who took Pumpherston into the Premier League for the first time last season, took the vacant manager’s role at Creamery Park last summer after Derek Strickland quit.

His new charges have been one of the surprise packages in Junior football, although Main is keen to keep their feet on the ground.

“We have a good settled squad, who work really hard at everything we ask them to, and the rewards are there to see,” said Main.

“What we do right is have proper training. We have a great turnout in midweek and it’s showing on a Saturday.

“We are not really looking at promotion so early in the season, though – we’re just taking that one game at a time.

“We go to Broughty tomorrow and they are playing well, so I don’t expect us to score four goals this weekend. Last Saturday Broughty beat Jeanfield, so it’s a testing game for us this week.”

Elsewhere in the Premier League, there’s a mid-table clash between Dalkeith and Livingston, with barely a whisker separating them.

Dalkeith, after a sticky start, have found their feet and together with newly-promoted Livingston should provide an entertaining clash.

Fourth-placed Fauldhouse are at home to Penicuik, who are second in the table, but have a game in hand over Bathgate.

Fauldhouse are another side now finding their feet in the Premier League after a difficult start.

Arniston, struggling with the pace of the Premier League, are away to fellow strugglers Montrose, who occupy bottom spot in the table.

Finally, Pumpherston have a home game against another side trying to find any kind of form, Kinnoull.