The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Thistle’s task made tougher by midweek shared spoils

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Having clinched promotion last week, Kirrie Thistle’s title hopes suffered a blow after being held to a draw by East Craigie in midweek.

That leaves Thistle requiring two wins from their last three games to become champions.

Certainly a trip to fifth-placed Scone, who have a full squad available, is not a formality.

Westview boss Jim Finlayson will be hoping for an improved showing from midweek.

Meanwhile, Kirrie will be hoping East Craigie can do them a favour by taking points from Thornton Hibs, the only side that can catch the leaders, at the same time enhancing their own prospects of finishing third.

But the Fifers are proving a tough nut to crack on the road, having won 11 out of their 12 games.

As they bring the curtain down on the season, Blairgowri­e have the same squad available that has won the last two games.

Visitors Kinnoull are very much in-form – unbeaten in 13 – but are again without injured pair Keiran Donald and Greg Whyte.

Luncarty welcome Lochee Harp and are without Stuart Nicol (hamstring) and Bally Whytock (unavailabl­e).

On the plus side, Rab McLaren returns.

With Lee Gallagher, James Cochrane, Mark Kelly and Graeme Dailly all injured, plus Connaire Connelly and Gordon Ramsay suspended, boss MichaeL Gormley plans to bring in trialists.

Keeper Darren Brown returns to the pool.

Coupar Angus, convincing 6-3 winners at Brechin Vics in midweek, are looking for back-to-back victories when Newburgh check in at Foxhall Park.

Foxhall boss Logan McConnachi­e has the same squad available apart from Nathan Ireland.

Newburgh will hope to show the same spirit that saw them come from two down to draw against Harp last week.

They are without the influentia­l Scott Finlay, who is suspended.

Brechin Vics will look to get back to winning ways away to Lochore Welfare, who have only one home win to their name.

Arbroath Vics have North End as visitors but are without the injured quartet of Ryan Lewis, Steve Fleming, Marc Walker and Connor Gray, so may draft in trialists.

East of Scotland Cup semi-finalists North End are without the injured Ross and Ben Sievewrigh­t and Zak Wilson.

Craig Scrimgeour is suspended for today’s match.

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