There was no video for the Sectional League Cup game at Lesmahagow due to battery failure but a minute of the early actoin has survived, including one of the best team goals Thistle have scored this season.
Thistle have been drawn at home to Haddington Athletic in the first round of the Scottish Cup. Haddington play in the East Premier League, the division below the Superleague and are currently sitting sixth after five games. It will be a stiff test for the Jags as the two teams look fairly evenly matched on paper.
As commented by regular poster Exiled, Thistle lost 3-1 there in the Scottish Cup in 1970 when they had a very good team and a massive support, the round after beating Preston Athletic (now a Senior team) 4-0 at Prestonpans.
The tie takes place on Saturday 26th September at Gasworks Park.
Larkhall Thistle have great pleasure in announcing they have agreed a two year sponsorship deal with Igloo, Lanarkshire’s number one estate agent. As part of the deal Igloo’s name and logo will appear on all Thistle jerseys and rain jackets. Igloo will also have advertising space in the match programme and at the ground. The club would like to thank Kevin and his team for their support in what we trust will be a beneficial partnership over the two years.
Thistle failed to qualify for the quarter finals by 1 goal with Lanark United going through to the quarter finals after beating Royal Albert 6-0 at Stonehouse.
Thistle have noone to blame but themselves with a poor display at Lanark and many missed chances at Lesmahagow.
On to the league with a tough start away to Rossvale at Petershill’s Park on Saturday.
This was always going to be a stern test against a premier league team. After Wednesday night’ s fine display Dunky once again rung the changes.
Young David Thomson was given a start in goal with his namesake Liam Thomson also given a starting berth with Graham Gracie and Scott Nicol returning from suspensions. Paul Burns and Bryan Felvus were not considered due to injury and Ryan Innes was ill.
As expected the premier league team started strongly and the young keeper was called into action early and made a couple of good stops. However it was no great surprise when the visitors took the lead when their no9 lobbed the Thistle keeper for the opening goal. Thistle at this stage were not getting to grips as an attacking force with Rob Roy very much on top. They increased their lead from the penalty spot when referee decided that Neil Schoneville had fouled the Rob Roy forward in the box soft to say the least it was duly converted and the visitors went in at half time deservedly 2 goals to the good.
Dunky made his first change at half time with Div Reid replacing Liam Thomson the pattern of the game at this the same as the first half and the visitors increased their lead after a goalmouth scramble. Stewart Thomson then replaced young David Thomson in goal then Garry McStay and Matty Clarke replaced Graham Gracie and Mark McKeever. Thistle slowly came into the game with some fine interpassing and they forced upteen corners with no end product. Matty Clarke then beat two defenders to slot the ball home. Niall Reynolds then replaced Jordan Marshall and Declan Doyle replaced Andy Brown. Garry McStay was beginning to influence the game and after a sublime flick from Garry Div Reid was sent through 0n the keeper and duly netted. The home team were now in command but Stewart Thomson had to make a good diving save to stop the visitors increasing their lead. Thistle got back on level terms after a fine move involving Garry McStay and Div Reid whose cross into the box was stroked home by Hugh Kelly. Overall a good exercise for both teams.
Thistle went in to what was shaping up to be a showdown for the Section 1 title and came out on top in what was a surprisingly one-sided contest. The result leaves the Jags waiting for Saturday’s fixtures to see if they are overhauled by either Lanark or Gow on goal difference.
(No video of the game due to technical difficulties, sorry)
As most people will have heard, the club are in the process of becoming a community club in conjunction with Larkhall United.
All the teams from youth level through to the full amateur team will play under the the name of Larkhall Thistle and will eventually play in the famous red and white stripes.
To this end the club are holding an EGM on Sunday 13th September at 11:00am to discuss changes to the club constitution.
Thistle travelled to Lanark for Game 3 of the Sectional League Cup and even though the hosts were poor in the league last season, the Jags must have expected much more of a test than Wednesday’s easy win against Forth.
So it proved to be and Section 1 is now wide open with everybody except the Albert in with a chance of winning it.
Thistle blew a poor Forth team away with a seven goal second half blitz to run out easy winners in a game where they were never really troubled. The only surprise was the visitors taking a lead into half time but it was just the jolt the Jags needed.