Positive news for Partick as Morton lose to Hamilton

THISTLE stand-in manager Alan Archibald is hoping to build on the momentum when they welcome Dumbarton to Firhill on Saturday.

Following last Saturday’s 4-0 away win over Dunfermline Archibald is understandably a happy man, but he is well aware Dumbarton are no pushover.

Partick were handed an added boost on Tuesday night when First Division leaders Morton saw their unbeaten away record end with a 2-1 defeat to seventh-placed Hamilton.

That means Thistle are just two points behind Morton with two games in hand.

Archibald said: “We are back into the swing again after a frustrating period of postponed games and it will be good to play at home.

“The last time we played Dumbarton in January they beat us 2-0, so even though they are near the bottom of the table they are no pushover.”

Looking back at last Saturday’s game Archibald said: “If you want a perfect away performance then that was it. We got a fantastic start and we were absolutely delighted with that.

“We need to try and make this kind of start everytime, but it’s not always an easy thing to do.

“The great thing is we went on and built on this to get that vital second goal.

“It was a real team effort that helped Stevie Craig score his hat-trick.”

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The one downside about an otherwise excellent afternoon was the injury picked up by Stuart Bannigan, which Archibald said was not as bad as first thought.

He said: “His ankle blew up straight away, so we took him off straight away.

“Luckily we had no midweek game so he will have a full week to recover and come back for Saturday hopefully.”

Meanwhile, with less than a month to go until the Ramsdens Cup Final, the club is looking for a mascot from their under-16s season ticket holders.

If you want to be in with a chance all you need to do is turn up at this Saturday’s home game and as you walk up South Drive you will see the club mascot Jaggy Macb standing with some of the under-19s players.

Turn to the last page of your ticket vouchers in your season book, tear off number 29 and hand it over to one of Jaggy’s helpers in exchange for a raffle ticket.

All the tickets will go in a box and at halftime a winner will be picked.

The lucky boy or girl who wins will get to lead the team out against Queen of the South at Livingston’s stadium on Sunday, April 7.

They will also receive two tickets for the game – one for themselves and one for an accompanying adult.