Bairns suffer in ‘smash and grab’ raid

FALKIRK lost to Dunfermline in what Steven Pressley called a “smash and grab” victory.

The Bairns boss said it was a “bad result, not a bad day” that saw the Pars come way with a second victory of the season from the Falkirk Stadium.

The Bairns – missing talisman Ryan Flynn – started brightly and a forward line of Kallum Higginbotham, Mark Stewart and Carl Finnigan were closing down Dunfermline’s defenders from the outset.

Their pressure was important but failed to tell and it was the Pars who took the lead against the run of play, when Callum Woods stabbed over the line after Marc Twaddle had blocked a corner on the line.

The goal took the win out of Falkirk’s sails and Dunfermline took heart and extended their lead before the break when Martin Hardie volleyed in a Woods cross.

After the break Mark Millar – on his best afternoon this season – was handed a penalty kick which he slotted home, after Eddie Smith saw an infringement in the box that took Falkirk and Dunfermline players by surprise.

The Bairns threw everything at the Dunfermline box in the cloing stages and Thomas McManus saw a diving header expertly palmed off the line by Chris Smith, but his namesake Eddie gave a goal-kick, claiming the ball hit the post, rather than a corner.

Mark Stewart headed over late on as the Pars held on in more than five minutes of injury time.

Falkirk face Partick Thistle on Tuesday night in a bid to close the gap on league leaders Raith Rovers who failed to stretch their lead as they lost to the Jags at Stark’s Park.

Games at Stenhousemuir and Clyde, where East Stirlingshire were due to visit, were postponed