Thistle hosted neighbours Lesmahagow in this tough looking league match. As preparation for next week’s Scottish Cup second round tie, the derby promised to be as good a test as any the Jags could have had.
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 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)
This was the only fixture on the cards from the First Division today and that gave the chance of the winner moving up to second place in the league. An unlikely turn of events for Thistle after their poor start to the league and this game had it all as it swung one way then the other.
Thistle travelled to Lesmahagow’s newly opened Craighead Park as bookies underdogs for this tie against the early pace-setters and fully lived up to their billing as Gow got revenge for their 3-0 defeat at Gasworks Park in the Sectional League Cup.
After the game, Lesmahagow go top of the league with 5 straight wins, while Thistle will be more concerned about staying in the division.
With Lesmahagow’s ground being out of action due to last year’s flooding, Thistle were the visitors to their own park in this group decider. Home advantage probably played a part in the end as the Jags ran out decisive winners.
The quarter final will now be against Cumbernauld at Gasworks Park, this coming Wednesday 27th at 6:30pm
This is a winner takes all game as whoever eventually wins, whether it be on Saturday or in the event of a draw a play-off on Monday night, will then face Cumbernauld at home the following Wednesday night with a 6:30pm kick off.
Thistle have problems with Scott Nicholl, David Reid and Jordan Marshall on holiday and Ross McGeachie and Andy Brown injury doubts.
Thistle play the Gow on Saturday in the final game of the Sectional League Cup with the teams going into the game dead level on points – and goals for and against. Lesmahagow’s park is still out of action due to last year’s flooding so the game has been switched to Larkhall. In the event of a draw, the teams will replay on Monday night and toss a coin for choice of venue.
If the Gow win the toss it could be Carluke, Stonehouse or even Gasworks Park again!
It’s winner takes all on Saturday and it should be a cracking cup tie with the Jags out to avenge last season’s 3-2 defeat at home in the decider.
Lesmahagow beat Benburb 4-1 tonight to set up a final day in the league that promises to be tension packed and nail-biting to say the least. Thistle take on Port Glasgow at home on Saturday, while at the same time phones will be pointed to Craighead to see how the Gow are doing in their final game at home to Dunipace.
Unfortunately the situation is now out of the Jags hands, if Lesmahagow win they go up – it is now as simple as that. If they don’t win and Thistle do win then the Jags are promoted. If neither team wins the league’s form team Shettleston go up thanks to their late surge which has seen them shoot up the standings to second place.
Thistle’s game with Lesmahagow today has been called off due to a waterlogged park.
Next week’s game is away to Carluke Rovers on the artificial surface, Carluke have had all their home games on so far so this should go ahead.