Banks o’ Dee’s 100% Superleague record remains intact but only after the Spain Park side were given a fright by a Newburgh Thistle outfit who will feel aggrieved they did not take anything from the game.
The home team opened the scoring after 11 minutes when a corner from Jamie Bouglass was bulleted home by Jack HENDERSON at the front post.
Nine minutes later the Jags were level when Dee keeper Andy Shearer misjudged a back pass from Josh Winton, who was playing his first match in six weeks, allowing Jack CRAIG to react quickest to level the scores.
In the 27th minute, the home team restored their advantage with the same pair combining, this time Bouglass’s corner being headed downwards and into the net by HENDERSON.
With five minutes of the first period remaining, Sam MUIRHEAD made it two apiece with a clinical front post finish.
The second half was a fairly even affair and a draw looked the likely outcome with the visitors hitting the post late on before HENDERSON completed his hat-trick with a great strike from 25 yards to clinch all three points.
Spain Park co-manager Tommy Forbes admitted the game could have gone either way.
He said: “In the first half, I felt we were lacking a cutting edge and I was disappointed we weren’t in front at the break.
“In the end though, I’ve got to be happy at taking the three points and Thistle will feel hard done by.
“They’re a far better team than their league position suggests and they’ve come a long way since the start of the season.”
Tommy was also pleased to get back to winning ways following back-to-back exits from the Scottish Cup and Scottish Junior Cup.
“It was a really sore one to lose at Rossvale, we just never got going and there was maybe a bit of a hangover from the Ayr United defeat in the Scottish Cup,”said Forbes.
The performance of new signing Jamie Bouglass was also a pleasing aspect of the match for Forbes.
He said: “Jamie had a good game and he’ll be delighted with his two assists.
“Ally Shrive was also influential in the middle of the park, along with Michael Phillipson and that bodes well for the future. We’ve been light in terms of numbers recently although the likes of Mark Gilmour and Luke Barbour will be available in the near future.”
Dee are set to face Keith in the Aberdeenshire Shield tomorrow evening with a clash against Montrose Roselea just three days later.
Banks o’ Dee …………3
Newburgh Th ……….2