Falkirk blooded yet more Academy prospects - and trialist David Winters - in a 1-1 draw with Inverurie Locos on Friday.
Winters, aiming to make an impression and earn a contract, rattled the crossbar in just three minutes after the young Bairns had been given a fright at the other end with Graham Bowman spilling a corner.
And it was the trialist who gave the Bairns the lead on 15 minutes with a composed finish, after a good through ball by Dale Fulton on the youngster’s return from injury.
The lead was shortlived, however, as Inverurire responded straight from kick-off.
Bowman could only parry a low driven cross from Clark Bain into the path of Kenny Coull who took his time to slot into the empty net.
Steven Pressley played Ryan Flynn in midfield despite a possible money-spinning move to England looming for the midfielder.
He showed none of the pressure resting upon his head and gave a fully committed performance, driving the midfield alongside Fulton brothers Dale and Jay.
Darren Dods also made his Falkirk debut in a towering defensive line beside Murray Wallace.
Kyle Turnbull at left-back was a stand-out for the Bairns, and linked impressively with Stephen Kingsley on the left side. Kingsley sent a thundering strike just past the top corner on the half hour as the Bairns continued to enjoy the upper hand in the first half.
Afterwards though, it was a different story and chances fell away with the game more a midfield battle that went the way of the Locos.
Stewart Murdoch added a bit of bite to the game with some ferocious tackles after replacing Dods but though Liam Rowan and Jack Compton saw lots of the ball they were unable to help the Bairns into the danger areas.
The closest the visitors came was an overhit Kyle Turnbull cross that had Stewart Gray scrambling to tip over the bar, althouh in the 81st minute a low strike from the defender flashed across goal.
Winters’ link-up play with Ally Graham deserved more, although at times were too intricate, before the trialist tired and was substituted.
Jay Fulton was pushed further forward in his absense and almost scored with a rasping drive from 20 yards that hammered the outside of the post after he had used a textbook dropped shoulder to beat three Locos defenders.
Pressley said: “It was a good run-out for a lot of our young prospects, on a terrific surface.
“I was very pleased with them and their application was first class.’’
Falkirk: Bowman, Rowan, Turnbull, Wallace, Dods (Murdoch 46), D.Fulton (Compton 52), J. Fulton, Kingsley (Brisbane 46), Graham, Flynn, Trialist (Higginbotham 83). Unused: Trialist.