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SFL DIVISION ONE PREVIEW – 15TH SEPTEMBER 2012

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Game of the Day

Hamilton Academical v Falkirk

This would probably have been a mouth watering tie at the beginning of the season – i.e. before it had started – but with both of these teams sitting down the bottom end with 1 win and 4 points between them this could be more car crash than el classico. That having been said it is my game of the day because of that intrigue. I will be looking at the results eagerly to see if it is Billy Reid’s or Steven Pressley’s bairns that get the result. Hamilton come into the game after a 4-0 drubbing last time out against Partick Thistle whilst Falkirk lost 2-1 at home to Livingston. A Stewart Murdoch penalty was their single strike whilst Darren Dods got sent off in the 90th minute.

Hamilton Academical

Reported In

Martin Canning; Alex Neil

Reported Out

Andy Ryan; Kieran Millar

Falkirk

Reported Out

Darren Dods; Jay Fulton

Prediction

It is a fascinating game and one that both managers need to win. For that reason it would be easy to claim a draw and I am very tempted but I think the visitors might start to mount the challenge that I expected them to make at the beginning of the year.

Cowdenbeath v Greenock Morton

Colin Cameron is seeking his 6th win on the spin and after beating Airdrie United 3-0 a fortnight ago would look to be on the kind of roll that appears unstoppable. Kyle Miller, Lewis Coult and Marc McKenzie sealed 3 goals and 3 points for the Blue Brazil whilst Marc McKenzie and Kenny Adamson saw off East Stirlingshire in the Quarter Finals of the Ramsdens Cup last Sunday. Allan Moore’s side meanwhile had an Archie Campbell hat trick against Dumbarton two weeks ago to see the points racked up and Morton will be looking to progress. They really need to.

Cowdenbeath

Reported In

Pablo Navas

Reported Out

Joe Mbu; Ruben Garcia Rey; Greg Stewart

Greenock Morton

Reported In

David Hutton

Reported Out

Kevin Rutkiewicz; Martin Hardie; Peter MacDonald; Allan Combe (Released)

Prediction

The game will probably be played at a frantic pace and without the Cappielow crowd it could be tricky for Morton to get all 3 points but I have a wee fancy that Moore has finally got his side clicking and we shall see an away win – albeit a slim one.

Dumbarton v Dunfermline Athletic

The Sons have been making a habit of losing 3-0 and two weeks ago they went to Greenock and lost by that margin. They are in real danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table. Not the best time to welcome Jim Jeffries’ side. Dunfermline managed a 3-1 win at home to Raith Rovers in their Fife derby last time out in the league. It was their first home win with Ryan Wallace, Josh Falkingham and Andy Barrowman getting the goals.

Dumbarton

Reported Out

Kevin Nicol; Pat Walker; Chris Turner

Reported Doubt

Andy Graham

Dunfermline Athletic

Reported In

Alex Whittle; Ryan Thomson; Shaun Byrne; Allan Smith

Reported Out

Joe Cradle; Chris Kane

Prediction

This will probably be an away win and Alan Adamson will be looking for the improvements that he sees coming later on in the season. It is a danger that he begins to sound like a certain international manager who sees improvements but can’t get points…

Livingston v Partick Thistle

At home last time round, Livingston managed a 2-1 victory against Falkirk with Calum Fordyce and Anthony Andreu getting their goals. Paul Watson was sent off in the 49th and Andreu managed to get the sucker punch in the 90th minute so it was far from a convincing win. Thistle thumped Hamilton 4-0 before going on and progressing 3-1 in the Ramsden’s Cup against Raith Rovers. Sean Welsh, Steven Craig with 2 and Steven Lawless got the goals against Hamilton whilst Chris Erskine with 2 and Steven Craig got 3 in 8 minutes in the Cup.

Livingston

Reported In

Keoghan Jacobs

Reported Out

Kyle Jacobs; Jason Talbot; Liam Fox

Partick Thistle

Reported In

Steven Craig

Reported Out

David Rowson

Reported Doubt

Kris Dolan

Prediction

Another fascinating tie and the league is really beginning to come alive. Thistle are playing the way John Hughes wants Livingston to play. This time round I think the McNamara bandwagon will keep going and will stretch their lead at the top of the table.

Raith Rovers v Airdrie United

Raith lost 3-1 last time in the league with Douglas Hill getting the goal and the normally reliable Brian Graham missing a penalty. They followed that up by being sent out the Ramsdens Cup at the Quarter Finals stage by losing 3-0 to Partick Thistle. Airdrie United lost 3-0 at home to Cowdenbeath with Marc Warren getting his marching orders.

Raith Rovers

Reported In

Simon Mensing (If he signs in time…); David McGurn; Dougie Hill

Airdrie United

Reported In

Cameron MacDonald; David Lilley; Grant Evans; Ryan Donnelly; Jack Doyle; John Doyle

Reported Out

Scott Sally

Prediction

It is a game in which anything could happen. Both are suffering recently and they could snuff out each other but I expect it to be a bit more lively. As time progresses I would expect Airdrie to start suffering the uncertainty of the summer and this could be one they will lose as part of that process.

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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