Partick Thistle 2 - 1 Cowdenbeath: Thistle SPL push continues

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THISTLE kept their promotion push on track with a hard-earned win but Cowdenbeath looked anything but a side who have 
now gone 16 games without victory.

Indeed the Fifers even took an early lead through Kane Hemmings before strikes from Steven Craig and Conrad Balatoni, pictured below, gave Partick the points. Jackie McNamara, the Jags manager, declared: “We failed to put the game to bed and it got a bit edgy in the last few minutes.

“I thought we played better last week but it’s a good three points.”

The Jags defence were stung early when Hemmings raced clear to calmly shoot under the diving Scott Fox.

But Thistle refused to take the setback lying down and were soon pushing the Blue Brazil deep into their own territory.

The pressure from Thistle told when Sean Welsh’s cross from the right picked out Craig who volleyed home from close range.

Cowdenbeath should have been ahead again but Lewis Coult 
conjured one of the misses of the season from just six yards.

Thomas Flynn then denied Ross Forbes when he tipped a 30-yard free kick over the bar but he was helpless from the corner, Balatoni volleying home from six yards for his third goal in two games.

Thistle continued to dominate but the Blue Brazil gave them a scare when Jamie Stevenson’s 30-yard shot flew narrowly wide.

Cowdenbeath assistant manager Lee Makel said: “We looked like we could take 
something from the game the way we started.

“But it’s another defeat and it’s down to individual errors.”