Match Preview by Robert Allen
On the final day of the McBookie.com East Premier League 15/16 season we welcome Lochee Utd as the visitors to Creamery Park.
12 months ago, on the final day of the 2014/2015 season, Bathgate Thistle travelled to Tayport for a win or bust match against Tayport to secure our place in the Premier League. Today, we welcome Lochee Utd to Creamery Park hoping for a win which will hopefully secure 6th place in the division. The difference between the two scenarios is night and day and enormous credit should go to our management team, players and staff for this turnaround in fortunes.
Last time out Bathgate ended up with a 4-4 draw against Thornton Hibs having been 4-1 up with little over 20 minutes to go in the match. There is no doubt that this late collapse was a disappointing end to what had looked like a resounding win. Andrew Colley, our gaffer, will be doing all he can to ensure that this week the lads give the fans a win to finish the season on a real high. The Jags have shown that they are capable of top quality football when at their best and to finish the season with just such a performance is the aim of everyone at the club.
Lochee themselves have had a terrific season and are currently in a terrific vein of form which has led to them mounting a late challenge for promotion to the Super League. They already have the GA cup in the bag. In their latest match they found themselves 2-0 down at half-time to Dalkeith but mounted a second half comeback to win 4-2 proving they will be dangerous opponents.
The match between the sides earlier in the campaign finished with a 2-1 win for Lochee so the Jags will be hoping to reverse that result. The management, players and staff would like nothing more than to see a bumper crowd at The Creamery to thank the players for their efforts during the season and cheer us on to victory. Together we are stronger.
Kick off: 2.30pm
Don’t forget that Saturday night will also see the club hold it’s annual Player of the Year evening in the clubhouse from 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome so why not come along?