Bathgate hope to be Main men for play-off

Bathgate Thistle boss Bobby Main
Bathgate Thistle boss Bobby Main
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Bathgate Thistle are back in form and in the hunt for promotion to the Super League.

Thistle host the Premier League’s bottom club, Pumpherston, at Creamery Park tomorrow and manager Bobby Main is looking for his side to edge closer to third place and a play-off spot.

With Pumpherston officially relegated, Main is targeting a victory to aid their promotion cause ahead of back-to-back fixtures against title-chasing Penicuik Athletic and third-place rivals Dalkeith Thistle .

“Hopefully, we don’t get too complacent and slip up tomorrow,” said Main. “They’ve just been relegated so they are just playing the season out with nothing to play for.

“We’ve got a good chance of getting the play-off place. We are not going to go up automatically because I think Fauldhouse and Penicuik have already got that. It will be a tough couple of weeks, but it’s the business end of the season and this is what you look forward to, especially when you are still in with a chance of going up. It’s down to us and how much we want it.”

Unbeaten in their last five league matches and with a 6-1 win against third-place Oakley United last week, fifth-place Thistle are in good fettle as they bid to lift themselves up the league table with five games remaining.

Bathgate started the season well, but looked to have faltered in November when they went on a run of five consecutive away defeats after an injury crisis. They are now just seven points off Oakley in third, but have three games in hand.

Main is hoping they can maintain their current form.

He said: “We were flying at the start of the season and then we dropped out of it, but the boys have worked hard to get themselves back in it.

“We just need to keep playing well and see where we end up.”