Falkirk 1-1 Morton: Draws the theme of the day

Pic Lisa McPhillips 01/02/2013'Scottish Championship, Falkirk FC v Morton FC'Falkirks Stephen Kingsley and Morton Jamie McCormack
Pic Lisa McPhillips 01/02/2013'Scottish Championship, Falkirk FC v Morton FC'Falkirks Stephen Kingsley and Morton Jamie McCormack

Falkirk were held at home to Morton but results elsewhere fell in their favour.

There were similar outcomes for Stenhousemuir and East Stirlingshire, but it was the draws for Dundee and Hamilton that contributed to a second consecutive week at the league summit for Gary Holt’s side.

STENHOUSEMUIR, Ochilview, Stenhousemuir FC v Ayr Utd FC'Pic by Alan Murray 25-01-14'Stenhousemuir management

STENHOUSEMUIR, Ochilview, Stenhousemuir FC v Ayr Utd FC'Pic by Alan Murray 25-01-14'Stenhousemuir management

Morton, anchored at the bottom of the SPFL Championship, had added Barrie McKay and Rowan Vine to their squad during the transfer window additions which increased the threat on Michael McGovern’s club record for clean sheets. Had the goalkeeper and his defence held out for 67 minutes the Bairns record would be his, instead Falkirk fell 20 minutes short.

Rory Loy was given the chance to score from the penalty spot moments before half-time, but for the second straight week his strike was saved. Derek Gaston blocking Loy’s spot-kick and the subsequent crumbs from the on-coming players.

Morton rallied and seconds before the half-time whistle Gary O’Connor’s through ball was lifted over McGovern by Dougie Imrie.

It wasn’t until midway through the second half that the Bairns would respond - and again it was from the spot. This time Mark Millar took the responsibilities and levelled for the Bairns, but it wasn’t enough as Dundee led Alloa to leapfrog the Bairns in the live league table.

With no winner coming at the Falkirk Stadium, the Bairns extended theiur unbeaten run, but frantic goalscoring at Hamilton and Dundee meant the Bairns remain there with a late Ben Gordon goal for Alloa hauling John Brown’s team back down to second and a late late show at Hamilton saw Jason Scotland knock the Accies ahead with two minutes to go only for Chris Kane to level with almost the last touch of the ball for Dumbarton.

Draws were also the theme of the day for the district’s other senior teams.

Stenhousemuir left it late to secure a point at home to Stranraer with Eddie Malone converting in the 90th minute to given Brown Ferguson, Robert Glen et al a second unbeaten week in charge.

At Queen’s park’s temporary home in Airdrie, the Shire drew 0-0 with Gus McPherson’s side.