Conditions for this game were horrendous, heavy and sometimes monsoon-like rain from start to finish very much affected the play. The final score was 3-2 to Thistle with goals from David Reid and two from Graham Gracie, his second an exquisite chip from the edge of the box.
Credit to both sets of players for what turned out to be an entertaining game.
Thistle’s game with league leaders Bellshill has been called off due to the weather.
The friendly with Pollok which was pencilled in as a possible replacement has also been postponed.
Next fixture is Wishaw away on Saturday, kick off 2:00pm.
The Jags got a great result yesterday with a win in the friendly against the highest placed Central team in the juniors at the moment.
Graham Gracie opened the scoring in the first minute with a great goal but Petershill pulled a goal back to send the teams in level at the interval. Second half goals for Neil Schoneville, David Reid and Matty Clarke tied the game up for Thistle.
Should Saturday’s home game against Vale of Clyde be cancelled due to the weather, the club have arranged a friendly against Petershill on the 3G pitch at Braidhurst High School, Dalriada Crescent, Motherwell, kick off 3:00pm.
Directions to the school: Go past Motherwell train station heading towards Forgewood/Bellshill, the school is on the right hand side after the level crossing.
Thistle got a bit of practice in with this friendly at Dalziel Park against Thorniewood and more than matched their higher league opponents with a good win. Graham Gracie and Alan Colquhoun were fit to play and David McPhee slotted in well in the right back position, getting the third and decisive goal as it turned out.
Ex-Thistle players Alan Fleming and Joe Doyle were the centre half pairing for Thorniewood.
Next game is on Saturday at home to Lesmahagow, weather permitting of course.
Thistle had a bye in the New Coins Cup so they took on the young lads of Partick in a friendly and ran out convincing winners. The visitors had a couple of highly promising looking players but Larkhall’s physical presence played a big part in the end. Thistle took an early lead when Mark McKeever was presented with the ball right in front of goal and picked his spot then Ryan Innes made it 2-0 at half time when he swept in a knock down from Mark Canning.
After the break Canning got on the score sheet himself with a pot shot when the ball dropped to him at the edge of the box and he stuck it in the top corner. Graham Gracie set up Scott Nichol for the fourth with an unselfish ball after a great run down the left before wrapping up the scoring himself with a side foot across the keeper into the bottom corner.
Partick to their great credit never stopped plugging away and got a consolation with almost the last kick of the ball with a tidy finish round Jags keeper McAlpine after a good through ball.
Larkhall Thistle starting team:
McAlpine; Reynolds, Brown, Marshall, McPhee; Innes, Pirlo, Canning, Cooke; McKeever, McGeachie. Subs (all used at half-time): Gracie, Reid, Jack, Reynolds
(No photos this week due to the censors banning the shocking Partick Thistle strip)
Thistle drew with a good well organised Electric Bar side who play in the Central Amateur League on the plastic at Dalziel Park. It was a chance to look at some players and try out formations but the Jags had to come from 2-0 down to grab a draw, Mark Canning (penalty) and Matty Clarke with a mazy dribble getting the goals.
Thistle chose a visit to Perth for their final pre-season friendly and came away with a hard fought draw. A very good workout for the players and a good day was had by all.
See full match report of Kinnoull v Thistle here
Thistle looked like they were going to be blown away on their return to Darvel, with the Ayrshire side well in command in the early stages. The Jags fought back well though, click below to read Hugh’s full report of the game.
See full match report of Darvel v Larkhall Thistle here
Thistle got back into pre-season action less than a week after the World Cup final, in the return fixture against Dumfries side Abbey Vale. Thistle had won 5-0 in the corresponding first friendly last season but didn’t have it all their own way this time.
Click here for full report of Larkhall Thistle v Abbey Vale