Hearts in mouths, but points on Falkirk’s board

Stuart McCulloch for Falkirk. Pic by Gordon Honeyman
Stuart McCulloch for Falkirk. Pic by Gordon Honeyman

It could reasonably have been said that Falkirk got out of Jail when they snatched a dramatic, very late injury time try to deny a very competent Greenock Wanderers side at Fort Matilda last weekend.

But Paul Larter’s side deserve due credit for their absolute tenacity and never-say-die attitude.

Laying their cards on the table Falkirk got themselves off to a dream start straight from the kick-off when they swept into Wanderers 22 metre area, and after a series of catch and drives number eight Cole Ronald took possession and powered his way through for Falkirk’s first try of the new league campaign.

However Wanderers responded within three minutes when their stand-off converted a penalty, and the teams were so evenly matched that the score remained unchanged for the next twenty minutes or so until full-back Logan Bonnar converted a penalty for Falkirk in the 27th minute.

Shortly afterwards Falkirk showed some sparkling enterprise when Richard Sievewright gathered the ball deep inside his own half,and after making good ground he kicked ahead. Following up he then tackled the receiver so strongly that the ball was dislodged, bouncing straight to Logan Bonnar and he gleefully raced the remainder of the field for an opportunist try, which he converted himself.

Tylee then went on to convert a further penalty for the home side in the 41st minute to make the half-time score Wanderers 6 Falkirk 15.

In a reversal of fortunes a determined start by Wanderers saw Falkirk pay dearly when they lost control of the ball in the centre of the park, and quick as a flash Greenock’s nippy scrum-half McDougall made an angular break for Falkirk’s try-line, and following him being hauled down short under the uprights the ball was swiftly recycled for inside-centre Dale to eventually get the touchdown with the half only two minutes old. Wanderers number 12 was again looking very threatening indeed when, with Falkirk’s travelling supporter’s hearts in their mouths, he made a lengthy break by storming down his left hand touchline, but his pass to his Full-Back was ruled forward.

But Tylee cut Falkirk’s lead to a single point when he converted a further penalty in the 52nd minute,and the visitors certainly did not have their troubles to seek when Aubrey MnCube was yellow-carded just four minutes later.

However Falkirk knuckled down and kept their line intact, and just as MnCube retook the field Wanderers lost the services of lock-forward Gray for ten minutes.

With the boot on the other foot Falkirk really should have made more of series of five metre line-outs,but with nine minutes of the match remaining Wanderers regained control and that man Dale powered his way over for a deserved unconverted try to put the home side ahead by four points.

Obviously stung by that Falkirk then proceeded to virtually encamp themselves on Wanderer’s five-metre line,and after being denied what seemed like two definite touchdowns, Tom Johnson finally got the all important try four minutes into injury