Coach positive ahead of title trip

Coach Paul Larter is ready for Cartha Queen's Park
Coach Paul Larter is ready for Cartha Queen's Park

Falkirk’s title charge for the top of the RBS Championship A was given a late reprieve last week.

No sooner had The Falkirk Herald hit the shelves and doorsteps on Thursday morning than the Sunnysidersfinally got their postponement arranged.

That switch means the top-of-the-table clash with Cartha Queen’s Park in Glasgow has been switched to this Saturday, and it’s a vital match in terms of the championship and promotion.

“It’s a big game but as I said in The Falkirk herald before Christmas, it’s about when we go up - not if. However this weekend and the run-in is still all ifs, buts and maybes.

“But we know we have a team capable of going to Cartha and doing the business, we have the capabilities to hurt them out wide.

“I told the guys the team again on Tuesday - it won’t differ much from the one we had planned for last week though Stuart Williamson could come back onto the bench after a knee injury.”

Larter was, predictably, delighted to have the one-week delay negotiated successfully. He had been summoned to Murrayfield for the Calcutta Cup match in the RBS Six Nations as part of his job with the Scottish Rugby Union.

Other members of his team had tickets for the big match, which turned out to be a muddy mess with England carving up the pitch and the plans with a 20-0 victory.

“It was a hugely beneficial experience to see everything from the build-up to one of Scotland’s biggest games. I have a lot to take from it and take into the club - it was tiring though! The game didn’t go quite the way Scotland hoped but these things happen in rugby.

“Everyone from our club who wanted to be there, was there sio I think common sense prevailed with the postponement. Marr and Hamilton meet on the same day so we’ll know where we stand come 5 p.m.”

The league race is wide open. Falkirk, Marr and Hamilton meet two of the top five, while Cartha have a more difficult run-in - playing three of the top five.

Outsiders Whitecraigs cannot win the league, though can have a say in its destination with two games against the top three. Falkirk can secure the trophy by winning every game and defeating Cartha QP by more than seven points (and taking the bonus point off them). Cartha, though, just need a victory in each of their remaining games to stay top.

Marr can win by defeating Cartha by more than seven and hope Falkirk also slip up at one stage. Hamilton also have an outside chance, if they can win each of their remaining games and teams above them slip up.