Win or bust for Thistle or Glens

Fife Thistle's Andy Robertson.
Fife Thistle's Andy Robertson.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Fife Thistle end their season with a crunch league match at home to Glenrothes Strollers.

The losers of the tie will relegated to the Fife AFA Second Division.

Thistle had needed just a point from their last three games to guarantee safety whilst the Glenrothes side needed to win their games in hand to have any chance of catching Thistle.

Unfortunately for the Balmullo side Glenrothes have managed to keep up their end of the deal whilst Thistle have failed to convert their good recent cup form into league results.

The sides have met three times this season with Thistle winning away in the league and at home in a cup competition as well.

Glenrothes won the last game when they hosted Thistle in the cup coming out 3-2 winners in March which was another game where Thistle failed to convert their numerous chances.

This is something which has blighted the side all season long and they now stare relegation square in the face as punishment.

Kickoff is 2.00p.m. at Balmullo.

On Saturday Thistle missed out on their final chance of picking up some silverware when they travelled to face Kingdom Athletic in the semi-final of the Wallace Wright Cup at Dovecot Park, Glenrothes.

The local side found themselves on the end of a 4-1 defeat after a disappointing performance.

After finding themselves trailing 3-0 after 51 minutes, substitute Gorgon pulled a goal back on the hour mark as Thistle went for broke pushing forward in numbers looking to haul goals back.

However, a needless sending off for Robertson and a failure once again to take chances all but ensured that the Glenrothes side progressed to the final .

Insult to injury was added in stoppage time when Carson conceded a penalty for the second time in the match which McFadden duly dispatched past Hayles with the match ending in a 4-1 defeat.

It’s all the play for this week, though, with Thistle still in charge of their own destiny.

A big crowd is expected at Balmullo to cheer on Thistle as the season reaches a nail-biting conclusion.