Falkirk rugby club are saying ‘Happy New Year’ to their supporters and welcoming the young members of their Sunnyside crowd to the game on Saturday.
Children go free to the game at the club’s Dorrator Road ground when Ardrossan Accies visit this weekend.
It is the first of three important league matches for the Sunnysiders where a clash with Mussellburgh - one league place behind Falkirk in fifth - follows and a match against bottom side Livingston rounds off the month.
The anticipated added support from the kids go free initiative will boost the players acording to coach Niall Lear.
“Touch wood it helps the crowd but the weather might not, however it will be great to see them.
“The club has working a lot to develop the youth section in the past couple of years so hopefully the junior section is well represented on Saturday,” he told The Falkirk Herald.
A big game is in store and a little bit of recent club history.
“In the five years or so I’ve been at Falkirk Ardrossan have been a bit of a bogey team for us. This is the first time we’ve won there, so we need to back that up with a win at home too.
“They’ve had a tough season but we want to return to winning ways after the defeat at Cartha at the end of last year.”
Youngsters Lewis Skinner, Euan Rooney and Kieran Wood are all expected to be in the squad for the match at Sunnyside which kicks off at 2 p.m.
“Lewis and Euan have had a constant connection to the club and have progressed through the age-groups and are developing well.
“So too is Kieran. He split his development between Stirling and Falkirk but it’s really positive to have them progress into the squad.”
Elsewhere, Grangemouth Stags face Howe of Fife. The Glensburgh club was first-footed by Leith RFC at the weekend and the hosts comfortably won the friendly encounter. Kick off at Glensburgh is 2 p.m.