No home comforts as Falkirk lose to Raith

Andy Haworth went close on a disappointing day for Falkirk
Andy Haworth went close on a disappointing day for Falkirk
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Falkirk lost out in their first home league match of the season to a well-organised Raith Rovers side.

There were perfect conditions for football at Westfield and The Bairns started the game brightly but could not convert any of their chances, with Lyle Taylor and Andy Haworth both going close.

Raith struggled to maintain possession during the opening 20 minutes as Falkirk pushed for an opening goal.

But it was the Kirkcaldy side who took the lead on the stroke of half-time when captain Allan Walker took advantage of some slack defending to rifle the ball into the net from 10 yards.

Things went from bad to worse for Falkirk in the second half when Raith doubled their lead after 47 minutes.

A low cross from the right found the unmarked Pat Clarke who simply rolled the ball home.

Falkirk struggled to create many clear-cut chances as the game progressed, with Rovers beginning to dictate the pace of play.

Substitute Jordan White fired over after working hard to find space, and a low drive from Haworth on the edge of the box was smartly stopped by David McGurn.

But it was Raith who held on to take the three points. Grant Murray’s side have now won five matches in succession, while Falkirk have yet to claim a point from either of their league games.

Steven Pressley will surely be expecting more from his players in the Ramsdens Cup match against Rangers on Tuesday evening.