Dalkeith are within striking distance of another shot at the Super League play-offs after beating Dundonald 3–1 in their last game of the season.
Thistle must now wait and hope that teams around them in the Premier League slip up – starting with Broughty’s game at Forfar West End on Wednesday.
A win against the Fifers on Saturday was vital if Willie Pearson’s men had any hope of a repeat of last season’s involvement in the relegation/promotion play-off when they lost to this season’s top-flight champions Kelty.
They got off to the best possible start with a superb goal from full back Thomas Watters in the third minute. There was a strong wind in his favour but his strike had goal written all over it from the moment it left his foot some 40 yards out.
Watters was delighted with his effort. “I caught it just right and knew it was going in from the moment I hit it.
“It gave us a great start and gave us the confidence to go on and win the game. We had to work hard in the second half when they had the wind advantage but we’re in with a chance of another play-off spot.
“I was in the play-offs last season and we could have done better but if we get the chance again we know what we will need to do.”
Dalkeith then threw away that lead when goalkeeper David Patarek had a howler in the 25th minute. He fumbled the ball at a high cross, allowing Calum Young to head into an empty net.
Dalkeith had it all to do once again and in the 33rd minute they had their lead back, Michael Linton sliding the ball home following a scramble in the goalmouth.
Dundonald had the wind behind them in the second half but Dalkeith were strong in defence.
The Fifers had Calum Young sent off with a straight red card with five minutes to play before David Morris slammed home the decisive goal in the last minute to seal the win for Dalkeith.
Dalkeith Thistle: Patarek, McNeil, Watters, Gavin, Main, Linton, Morris, Barr, Tansey, Pudledski, McNaughton. Subs: Lally, Liddle, Manson, Flynn, Trialist.
Dundonald Bluebell: Bonnar, Grieve, Carstairs, Quinn, Forbes, Carr, Shaw, Walton, Gilfillan, McQuade, Young. Subs: Rolland, McCreadie, Managezela.