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FALKIRK resumed their outdoor campaign with a trip to Aberdeen and gave a good account to return with the points.

Playing hockey at the new Aberdeen Sports Village for the first time, Falkirk got off to a good start and came close when Michael Watson’s reverse shot flew past the top corner, before a similar shot from Cammy Scott rattled Wanderers’ post.

Against the run of play, Granite City took the lead from a penalty corner, but Falkirk hit straight back with Iain Fraser forcing the ball home.

Falkirk’s defence was stretched at times but Mark Weaver and Stafford Dickson made a series of good tackles as the home side rarely troubled Robert Thomson in the Falkirk goal, and the visitors took a narrow lead into the break when Scott converted a penalty corner.

Falkirk gifted Wanderers a chance to equalise in the first 10 seconds of the second half, but managed to scramble the ball clear, and this good luck was capitalised on with two goals in a five minute spell as Douglas Nicol and Gordon Anderson broke through the Wanderers’ midfield. Yet again it was Cammy Scott that tested the home goalkeeper, but from the rebound, Michael Watson fired into the net from a narrow angle, before a sweeping move released Iain Fraser to shoot home his second and Falkirk’s fourth.

As injuries affected Falkirk’s shape for the final 10 minutes, Granite City pulled a goal back.

With a minute remaining, a speculative pass into the box was cleverly deflected home to give Wanderers the scent of a point, but Falkirk finally understood the concept of ball retention to see out the final seconds for a deserved win.

Falkirk take on league leaders CALA Edinburgh on Saturday at Falkirk

High School with a 1:45 start. CALA have a 100% record so far this

season, and although Falkirk were the last side to defeat them in the

league last season, it promises to be a hard game.

The club race night takes place this Saturday at 7pm in the Greenpark

Centre, Polmont. Tickets are still available from team Captains, or can

be bought on the night.