As we go into the final game before the break for the first round of the Scottish Cup, Larkhall Thistle are now the only unbeaten team in the Central League First Division.
Indeed, within the whole of the Central and Super Leagues, the Jags are one of only half a dozen teams to retain their unbeaten status.
The full list of unbeaten teams is:
Super League Premier Division – Ayrshire giants Auchinleck Talbot
Super League First Division – Ayrshire trio Kello Rovers, Hurlford United and Ardrossan Winton Rovers
Central League First Division – Larkhall Thistle
Central League Second Division – Johnstone Burgh, Forth Wanderers
Let’s hope the Jags can keep the run going for a while longer!
Thistle have been given official confirmation that the away tie with Fochabers will be played at Elgin. The game will take place at New Elgin’s ground, the Nicol-Togneri Park in the Pinefields area of Elgin, Morayshire.
The game will be played on Saturday 22nd September with a 2:30pm kick off time.
As Fochabers don’t currently have a park suitable for the game, Thistle have been told to book our bus for a journey to the Elgin area. Based on this information we intend leaving Larkhall at 7am. Stopping for breakfast after Perth with the intention of arriving at our final destination – wherever that may be – by 12-12.30pm to let everyone, players especially, get a good stretch before the kick off.
Anyone wishing to travel should contact Stevie Johnston ASAP as seats are limited.
The next game is a League Division 1 fixture away toThe Ants on Saturday 1st September. Kick off is 2:00pm.
Any supporters wanting to travel to the game on the bus should see Chris Lenson, or email iamcintosh @ bluebottle dot com and I will get details for you. By road, St Anthonys park is easy to get to, from the Ibrox junction of the M8 head west along the A8 and the park is on the left just after the roundabout.
Thistle have been drawn away to Fochabers in the first round of this season’s Scottish Junior Cup. Currently as it stands Fochabers do not have a ground that meets the SJFA requirements and they are looking at finding a suitable ground to play the tie on.
The game is due to be played on the 22nd September with a 2:30pm kick off.
The full draw for the first round of the cup is:
Crossgates Primrose v Cumnock Juniors
Muirkirk v Yoker Athletic
Lesmahagow v Bellshill Athletic
Dunbar United v Penicuik Athletic
Port Glasgow v Aberdeen East End
Sunnybank v Lossiemouth United
Fochabers v Larkhall Thistle
Troon v Kilwinning Rangers
Bo’ness United v Whitletts Victoria
Colony Park v Fauldhouse United
Fraserburgh United v Lochgelly Albert
Arbroath Victoria v Kelty Hearts
Tayport v West Calder United
Broughty Athletic v Armadale Thistle
Harthill Royal v Whitburn
Cambuslang Rangers v Pollok
Kirkcaldy YM v Thorniewood United
Bishopmill United v Longside
FC Stoneywood v Tranent
Glasgow Perthshire v Petershill
St Rochs v Jeanfield Swifts
St Andrews United v Spartans
Vale of Clyde v Ashfield
Newmachar v Lugar Boswell Thistle
Oakley United v Darvel
Blantyre Victoria v Lochee United
Renfrew v Lewis United
Burghead Thistle v Maybole
Buckie Rovers v New Elgin
Beith v Bankfoot Athletic
Newmains United Community FC v Dundee East Craigie
Craigmark Burntonians v St Anthonys
Kello Rovers v Hill of Beath Hawthorn
Lochore Welfare v Newburgh
Bathgate Thistle v Clydebank
Todays game is at Gasworks Park where we play Carluke Rovers in the league. Kick off is 2:00pm.
Rovers had a very good season last time out, winning the Stagecoach West of Scotland League Central District Second Division and gaining promotion along with St Rochs and Lesmahagow. Everyone at Gasworks Park congratulates them on this achievement. They also had a decent run in the Scottish Cup, reaching the Fourth round before losing narrowly to Superleague Premier champions Irvine Meadow.
Although Carluke didn’t get their league campaign off to the start they would have wanted – going down to a 3-1 home defeat to St Anthonys – we know to expect a difficult game from a very experienced group of players.
We are all looking forward to a sporting encounter today between two closely matched teams.
AboutToday’s Opponents – Carluke Rovers F.C.
Ground John Cumming Stadium, Carnwath Road. Carluke
Manager Colin Slater
2011–12 SJFA Central Division Two league champions
Home colours – All Blue
Central Division 2 League Winners: 2011-2012
Central League B Division winners: 1971–72
Lanarkshire League winners 3 times
Lanarkshire Junior Cup winners 8 times
Lanarkshire Hozier Cup winners 9 times
Glasgow Junior Cup winners 1928–29
Carluke moved to their new purpose built stadium in 2010, an astroturf pitch named after one of their most famous players, John Cumming. Cumming went on to make over 500 appearances for Hears and became their most decorated player.
Another notable ex player is John Prentice, who player for Rangers, Hearts and Falkirk as well going on to manage Scotland. He also had mangerial stints at Dundee, Clyde and Falkirk.
Admission is £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions. Season tickets are valid for this game and are still available from Chris Lenson or see any other member of the comittee.