Thistle edge away from relegation zone

Lothian THISTLE edged themselves away from the relegation area of the Central Taxis Premier Division with a 2-0 victory against Vale of Leithen thanks to two first-half goals at Saughton Enclosure last night.

Both sides started the match knowing that a win was essential to ensure that they were not dragged into a relegation battle, although Vale do have several games in hand on all of the teams around about them.

It was Lothian that took the lead on the half-hour mark. A Craig Stevenson corner kick found the unmarked Kevin Lee who managed to knock the ball over the line from only two yards out.

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With only two minutes of the first half remaining, Lothian were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty box, and Lloyd Dignan stepped up to hit a delightful left foot shot into the postage stamp corner. And that was it as far as the scoring was concerned.

Lothian Thistle: Swain, Wallace, Stevenson, Crawford, Wilkes, Lynes, Hawkins, McDonagh, Dignan, J Murray, Lee. Subs: McDiarmid, Connolly, Aitchison, McInally, C Murray.

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Vale of Leithen: Hill, S Sproule, McKenzie, Miller, Robertson, Beaton, Gaylor, Devlin, W Sproule, Radzynski, Hall. Subs: Paterson, Lauder, Greenhill, Moffat, Weir.