Jan 11 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
THE teams met in league for the first time this season, both with an unbeaten record.
Wind spoiled a lot of the game, making passing difficult. Goals from McKenzie and Robertson gave Braehead a two-goal lead at half- time.
Goals from Wood and Wheater and a double from new signing Easton ensured Braehead sit at the top of the league with 21 points from seven games.
FORTH got the new year off to a winning start.
They were shocked in the 11th minute when Kincardine headed home from a corner but drew level two minutes later when an effort from Tam Rutherford was saved well but the ball fell to Callum Smith, whose shot went in off the keeper.
Kincardine's height advantage caused problems at set pieces they went ahead from a corner headed home in the 24th minute.
Forth again drew level when Smith slipped past his marker to shoot home after 35 minutes.
A strong wind in the second half made conditions hard for both sides but Forth continued to push and went ahead on the hour mark. Steven Collins squared for Rutherford, whose shot came back off the post but Collins carried on to tap it in, with Kincardine claiming offside.
Forth made it four with the best goal of the game when Smith scored in the far corner on 75 minutes.
Kincardine pulled one back in the last five minutes but Thistle held out to win. Man of the match was Callum Smith.
Division One: Braehead 6, Tullibody Community 0; Stirling Thistle 4, Loganlea Utd 4; AFC Milton 6, Dunblane Thistle 2.
Division Two: Tillicoultry 3, Fallin 4.
Division Three: Kincardine 3, Forth Thistle 4.
East of Scotland Cup, third round: Steins Thistle 3, Bannockburn 1.
Mathieson Trophy, second round: Maddiston 2, Denny 5.
All other games postponed.
JF Colley Trophy, first round: AFC Milton v Stenhousemuir, Stirling Boys Club v Fallin. Second round: Tullibody Community v Braehead, Sunnyside v Dunblane Thistle; Callander Thistle v Denny Thistle.
Premier: Dunipace Thistle v Caldercruix.
Division One: AFC Milton v Stirling Thistle.
Division Two: Drumpellier Thistle v Bannockburn, Greenhill v Riverside, Milton FC v Condorrat, Bo'ness Utd v Tillicoultry.
Division Three: Doune Castle v Hillfoots, Peppes Alloa v Forth Thistle.
A league meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm in the Park Hotel, Falkirk.