This match was moved from The Creamery to Dalkeith to allow further drainage work – unfortunately the machine was unavailable and the result went the wrong way.
In a keenly contested opening 15 minutes there was little by way of goalmouth action, only a low drive from Murphy. Dalkeith were playing some neat football without looking like scoring until Morris slammed home the opening goal on 20 minutes from a tight angle.
In 23 minutes Gordon Harris should have done better for Bathgate with an effort on the volley following a corner kick, however his effort flashed wide of target and moments later Dalkeith extended their lead. Morris finished well, sending a low clinical finish past Brett Long.
Things were becoming a little tousy in the middle of the park and the referee saw fit to dish out a few yellow cards, however at half time the score remained 2-0 in favour of Dalkeith.
The second half saw Bathgate press forward to try and get back into the match and hesitancy in the Dalkeith defence allowed Gilbert a shooting opportunity, however, he blazed the ball high over the bar.
Just when it was looking like the final result would be 2-0 Dalkeith popped up with two late goals to put a gloss on the win. Morris claimed his hat trick in the first minute of stoppage time when he fired home from 22 yards sending an unstoppable effort low into the Bathgate keeper’s bottom right hand corner.
A minute later Pennycuik sealed the win from the penalty spot after Brett Long brought a Dalkeith player down and was red carded for the offence. Keiran Welsh took over in goals but couldn’t save the penalty.
Final score: Dalkeith Thistle 4 Bathgate Thistle 0