New boss Robert Lee was a happy man as he saw Falkrik notch their first league win of season at the third attempt in this high scoring affair at Grangemouth Stadium.
With just five minutes on the clock Kris Myles gave the home side the best possible start when he showed great control to open the scoring from close range after Alan Keir’s deep cross had been headed back across the face of goal by Brian Roberts.
Four minutes later Ally Griffin doubled Falkirk’s tally when he shrugged aside a challenge to slot the ball low past Primrose keeper Dale Wotherspoon. following this Keir sent a powerful drive narrowly over the bar but Falkirk’s domination paid dividends on the half hour mark when Myles found the net fe with a low shot after showing his marker a clean pair of heels.
As the second half got underway it seemed Falkirk were a good bet to add to their score when after just two minutes Griffin should have scored had he not taken a touch to many in front of goal.
But almost immediately after it was Crossgates who pulled one back when Russell Smart pounced on Karl Lejman’s mishit clearance to give Davy Hardie no chance.Lejman would again be involved when Smart added a second for the visitors with a debatable penalty after the referee punished the Falkirk defender for a tackle in the box.
Falkirk added a fourth through Martin Ure but Crossgate’s top scorer Smart completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time.
Manager Lee said “We started very well and having gone three goals ahead within half an hour we probably thought we had the game won but some slack play allowed crossgates back into it. Nevertheless I’m delighted to get our first win under our belts and overall am very pleased with the attitude of the players who I’m sure will take confidence from this victory.”.
Lee will certainly be hoping that is the case when Falkirk take on Dunbar United in the McBookie.com South Division at home.