Bairns boss slams under-20s kick off time

David McCracken made his Falkirk debut in the afternoon under-20s match against Ross County in September.  Image: by Gary Hutchison
David McCracken made his Falkirk debut in the afternoon under-20s match against Ross County in September. Image: by Gary Hutchison

Falkirk manager Gary Holt is penning a letter of complaint to football authorities at the late kick-off scheduled in Dingwall tonight.

The Bairns under-20s are heading north for the 6 p.m. kick-off in the Highlands against Ross County.

But the visitors are unhappy their accomodation of an afternoon kick-off for the earlier meeting in Falkirk, has not been reciprocated.

Gary Holt said: “I’m writing to the SPFL because we believed there was supposed to be a reciprocal arrangement for matches involving the teams who have a fair distance to travel from the Highlands.

“We had an afternoon kick-off to accomodate Ross County, and believed the same would be applied for this game, but that’s not the case.”

The previous match on September 17, featured David McCracken’s debut in a Bairns jersey, and ended in a 2-1 win for the Bairns but featured a nasty injury for one of the visiting Staggies who was taken to Forth Valley Royal hospital for horus afterwards.

However the Highland club dismissed the complaint, with manager Derek Adams telling The Falkirk Herald: “Our games are at Grant Street, Clachnacuddin and all start at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. in line with the rules of the competition.”

The Bairns have included three under-15s from Forth Valley Academy in Stevie Crawford and Dale Brooks’ squad for the trip - including Scotland internationalist Kevin O’Hara.