Dalkeith coach Mark Laidlaw feels his side can start to fulfil their potential after beating Gala Fairydean Rovers 4-0.
He said: “I don’t feel we have really lived up to our potential. But hopefully as we go into the second half of the season, these kind of games can kick us on a wee bit.”
Based on the performance here, they are certainly capable of moving up the league. New signing Bradley Barret got all four goals but Laidlaw felt it was a team effort and the likes of Cal Doogan, Keiran Williamson, Reece Wyllie and Liam Cassidy certainly played their part.
On the other hand, Gala suffered their second disappointing result in a row. But the performance here was much better than in the 6-0 defeat to Redhall Star a week before.
Head coach George Fairgrieve feels there is more to come from his charges. He said: “Last year we won the Third Division convincingly, but now every game is a hard game and they are finding it hard to deal with.
“But I think in the second half of the season, we will win more than we lose. But it’s more about the development of the players.”
Barrett scored the first of his goals after 29 minutes but he could already have had a couple.
He hit the post early on and then was presented with a great opportunity after a terrific pass by Doogan.
When the goal did come it was thanks to some more great service, this time from Euan Mitchell. Mitchell received it back after taking a throw on the right. He threw in an inviting deep cross for Barrett and the striker nudged it past the goalie at the back post.
In between all that Gala had a penalty claim turned down when Lee Anderson came charging out of his goal to challenge Aaron Wozniak, who went down. The referee though felt nothing untoward had taken place.
Cameron Dalgleish tried to catch Anderson off his line on another occasion but his shot from just outside the box hit a defender’s back.
Doogan sent in another teasing ball for Barrett but he again failed to take advantage. He was able to make up for that when Cassidy sent a good quick ball over the top of the Gala defence and Barrett half volleyed beyond Tyler Grainger.
And he had his hat trick minutes before half time. The forward was thriving off the service of his team-mates and it was another clever pass which played him in. This time it was Williamson who picked him out and he finished well yet again.