Hamilton avenged their Scottish Cup defeat earlier this month with a comprehensive, yet rare, win over Falkirk.
The Bairns suffered their second consecutive 2-0 defeat on a cold and uncomfortable afternoon to a side which hasn’t defeated the navy blue in almost three years.
The home side rarely troubled Accies’ goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert and only a second half header from Darren Dods which sneaked wide was of concern to the visiting defence.
With Michael McGovern in snow-swept Northern Ireland on international duty - though the international was again postponed - Graham Bowman stepped in as understudy. Will Vaulks also deputised for Kieran Duffie who was away with Scotland’s under-21 squad.
Neither looked out of place with some solid displays, though Bowman was at fault for Accies’ second.
The first though was straightforward for the visitors. Stevie May’s corner was not cleared and Martin Canning poked the ball out of a cluster of players for Jon Routeledge to stroke into the net from ten yards.
Accies were mostly testing the 20-year-old goalkeeper from 20 yards and he was behind the majority of the efforts, though he laid one on a plate for Louis Longridge. A weak kick by bowman tarvelled only 30 yards and straight to the midfielder’s feet. He took no time in returning the ball beyond Falkirk’s stand-in to extend the Lanarkshire’s lead.
Kevin Cuthbert was untroubled and the closest the Bairsn came before the break was a burst to the by-line by Conor McGrandles but no-one could seize on his cut-back.
Sean Higgins was one of few Bairns who looked keen to impose himself on the game, and he stayed on for the full 90 minutes while Stewart Murdoch, Blair Alstona dn Lyle Taylro around her were substituted for Jay Fulton, Craig Sibbald and Lewis Small. The Bairns took possession more frequently with the midfield pair involved but again Cuthbert was the least troubled of the two goalkeepers.
At the other end Bowman had to be smart to make two good saves from Stevie May, one with his legs in a one-on-one and another a good two-handed parry, but by that stage the stands were emptying on a miserable day for Bairns fans.
The 82 travelling supporters saw their side defeat Falkirk for the first time in ten attempts.