FORMER Accies striker Ross McGeachie gave Larkhall Thistle’s the bragging rights in Saturday’s derby with Royal Albert by scoring a last-minute winner.
Allan Watson began the move with a great run down the left before finding Mark McKeever, whose cross was perfect for McGeachie to head into the net with just a minute remaining.
Thistle manager Duncan Sinclair, whose side moved up to joint-third in the Central League Second Division after the win, said: "As a derby, it was a good game.
"This was a big win for us and was our fifth home game on the trot without losing a goal.
"It lifts us into third place and gives us the bragging rights till the next time we meet."
Albert manager Iain McCluskey said: "I thought the first half was fairly even but we were the better team in the second half and deserved a point.
"The players worked hard and gave their best, so I can’t blame them for the defeat."
NEWMAINS UNITED almost inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Central League Second Division leaders Yoker at the weekend.
Thomas Devine’s side had taken a 50th-minute lead through Gary Murdoch but could only hold on for six minutes as Jamie Carson levelled for the hosts.
Yoker were given the chance to go in front from the spot on 68 minutes and John Harvey made no mistake from 12 yards to keep the league leaders on track.
However, it was another encouraging performance for Newmains as Devine tries to steady the ship following the summer exodus of manager and key players to Blantyre Vics.
The Newmains player-boss said: "I thought we were unlucky to go down to the league leaders.
"It was a good performance but after Gary had put us in front, we seemed to think that was the game won. Yoker scored then went on to win the match."
"We received a few compliments about our play from Yoker officials, just as we did the previous week from Ashfield, and this has helped to build confidence in the squad we’re trying to assemble at Newmains."
Elsewhere in the division, Wishaw lost 4-0 to bottom-side Maryhill, while Forth and Carluke were left cooling their heels after the game at Kingshill Park was called off following a mid-morning pitch inspection.
Lesmahagow’s game at home to St Roch’s also fell foul of the weekend weather.
The postponement allowed Carluke boss Whitey Moffat to spy on Royal Albert, this weekend’s opponents in one of two scheduled league games on a fixture list dominated by the Scottish Junior Cup – the other is Benburb v Wishaw.