Match Preview: Larkhall Thistle v Port Glasgow

Larkhall Thistle v Port Glasgow
22nd December 2012
Central District First Division

We go into this game in a healthier position in the league than we have been for some time, sitting third equal with Carluke with the same number of games played. After having completed the double against St Anthony’s last time out we were hoping to build on that momentum and pick up a few more points but once again we have had another frustrating spell of bad weather which has seen the team idle for the last three Saturdays. With the weather taking its toll on fixtures throughout the Central region in the last few weeks it is a minor victory in itself just to get the game on today and raise some much needed revenue for the club.

Thistle’s back to back wins against St Anthony’s and St Roch’s brought the terrible run of six defeats in a row to an end and saw us move back up towards the right end of the league table. We had of course been badly hampered by a fixture list that saw us play four consecutive away league games, as well as an away Scottish Cup tie at Super Premier League side Cumnock. The only home game during that run was the 5-3 loss in the West of Scotland Cup to Rutherglen Glencairn, also a league above us.

Port Glasgow have made a bit of a disappointing start to life at their new stadium and are currently sitting second bottom of the league with seven points, having lost seven out of their ten games, with wins only against Dunipace and Shettleston. The Port have been having a tough time of it this season but as we have found out there are no easy fixtures in this league and today once again we will be expecting a hard game.

Match Preview: Larkhall Thistle v Shettleston

After having completed the double against St Anthony’s last time out, we will be hoping to do so again today. We won the opening league game of the season at Greenfield Park 1-0 and another result like that would do very nicely.

With the weather taking its toll on fixtures throughout the Central region in the last few weeks it is a minor victory in itself just to get the game on today and raise some much needed revenue for the club.

Shettleston have been having a tough time of it this season but as we have found out there are no easy fixtures in this league and today once again we will be expecting a hard game.

Christmas Dance

Tickets are still available for this year’s Christmas Dance and Cabaret, to be held in the Larkhall Thistle clubrooms on Friday 28th December. This year’s cabaret is by James Grant and top local vocalist Keri Taylor (below)

keri taylor
keri taylor

Click here for more information about Keri Taylor

Tickets are just £5.00 for what promises to be a great night and are available from Stevie Johnston on 07523153713.

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

The fixtures are out for the next four games, weather permitting of course.

8th December
East Kilbride Thistle v Larkhall Thistle

15th December
Larkhall Thistle v Shettleston

22nd December
Larkhall Thistle v Port Glasgow Juniors

29th December
BENBURB v Larkhall Thistle **

** Note this fixture has been changed due to Port Glasgow’s facitity being closed for the Christmas period.

 

All kick off times 1:45pm

Thistle a bogey team for Greenock?

In an interview with the Greenock Telegraph, Greenock manager Stevie Mooney has thrown out accusations that Thistle are their bogey team – although the Jags have been the only team to beat Greenock in the league this season. Not only that but both of last season’s matches between the teams were drawn.

Fate has also thrown up a strange quirk in the run up to today’s game at Port Glasgow. Thistle went to St Anthony’s on the Saturday before the 5-2 win against Greenock in September and won the game 3-2 and last week the Jags once again beat the Ants 3-2 on the Saturday before playing Greenock.

So is fate set to repeat itself today? Mooney says “We mustn’t look too far ahead and need to fully focus on the game. It was certainly a bad day at the office for us when we lost at Larkhall in September.

“They were well up for it then and it will no doubt be the same again tomorrow, so we will need to be on our toes.”