VALE of Leithen picked up their first home league victory in three years on Wednesday night and have now moved off the bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division.

Vale went into the match against Hill of Beath Hawthorn on the back of a 4-0 defeat to league leaders Penicuik on Saturday despite a spirited performance.

And first half goals from Mark Deya and Kyle Wilson was enough to secure a memorable three points.

A delighted Vale manager Mikey Wilson said: “We absolutely pummelled that and should have been four up at half-time. That was the best I have ever seen them play and we were knocking the ball about brilliantly at times.

“The boys were buzzing in the changing room after the game. And I could have cried when the full time whistle went.

“I couldn’t sleep afterwards and still had a smile of my face the next day at work.

“When you put in all the hard work, performances like that make it all worthwhile.

“And I’d like to mention our goalkeeper Lewis Sanderson who is on loan from Forfar. He’s made such a difference although he didn’t have a great deal to do against Hill of Beath. He is continually talking to the defenders and organising things.

“So, I’m hoping that this will be a stepping stone. In our next two games have Blackburn United away from home on Saturday and they are just above us then Oakley at home and they are now bottom.

“Hopefully the win and performance against Hill of Beath will give the boys the confidence to push on and get us further up the table.”