Match Preview: Larkhall Thistle v Lesmahagow

Larkhall Thistle v Lesmahagow
2nd February 2013
Central District First Division

Our win last time out against Greenock sent shock waves throughout the First Division and beyond in the junior circles. To go to the home of the runaway leaders and win 5-0 was a remarkable achievement by any standards and the fact that it was one of the very few games that went ahead on a frozen day placed it even more in the spotlight. As the old but true cliché goes though it was only three points and the priority now shifts to today’s match. We lost 6-3 in the reverse fixture at the end of September and it was a game that most associated with the Jags felt we didn’t deserve anything, probably the poorest display from the Jags all season.

Thistle’s 5-0 win against league leaders Greenock last week moved them up a place to second in the table, nine points behind with a game in hand after fourteen games. Unfortunately we don’t have any more games against Greenock so need other teams to take points off the leaders, but nonetheless our recent performances have left us in a good position for a promotion push.There is one other cup competition left to play for, the Euro Engineering Central League Cup involving all the 39 teams who played in the old Central League. The Jags play Shettleston at home next week in this cup and if they win will travel to St Roch’s in the next round.

Lesmahagow are unbeaten in the league since they lost 4-1 at leaders Greenock in November, although with the bad weather they have only played three games since – good draws at both Lanark and St Anthony’s and a thumping 7-1 home win against St Roch’s.

We will be keen to redress the balance today and hopefully another exciting derby match is in prospect.

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