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SFL DIVISION ONE PREVIEW – SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY

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Last weekend Dunfermline went to the top as both Morton and Thistle faltered. Morton couldn’t beat Cowdenbeath away from home whilst away from Firhill, Thistle still couldn’t get a win at Livingston. Hamilton and Falkirk managed the third draw of the day whilst Raith dispatched Airdrie at Kirkcaldy. It means that the Pars sit at the top on goal difference from Allan Moore’s team but they both are two points ahead of Thistle and have played two games more. Beneath the three promotion contenders Raith now lead the three team chasing pack with Falkirk and Livingston just a point behind them. Livingston though have played two games less than either Raith or the Bairns. Meanwhile in the basement it is Dumbarton still down at the foot despite recent good displays. Airdrie, having played more games than Hamilton, Cowdenbeath or the Sons means they feel their future is less than secure. It now looks the bottom two will come from these four as seventh sits seven points adrift from eighth placed Livingston.

My Game of the Day is Falkirk v Morton. The Bairns ought to be nearer the top whilst Moore’s side have finally found their way to stay at the top. I fully believe it will be a decent game and Morton’s draw against Cowdenbeath from last week will be enough to spur them on. Moore is already telling them he wants better things and he should get it. Stephen Pressley goes into the game with a young side that stutters a bit but can play decent football. Last weekend they also drew at Hamilton so will be looking for the points at the Falkirk Stadium.

The league leaders are one half of Dunfermline Athletic v Airdrie United which on paper looks like an easy three points for the home side. Jimmy Boyle has been battling hard of late and the fight is not out of him, nor his side yet. It may look bleak but any side that Boyle has will cause you problems if you under estimate them. The Pars have snuck up to the top and Jim Jeffries is keen to get back into the SPL at the first time of asking. With the other two teams around him stumbling on occasion, as well as Dunfermline hitting sticky patches it makes for an intriguing season so far! The final game involving promotion contenders is a sell out – Dumbarton v Partick Thistle. Ian Murray has galvanised the Sons of late and they are playing well. Unfortunately there are plaudits but no prizes for performances. The crowds are heading for the Bet Butler and Jackie McNamara’s team will be expected to return with all three points, however Dumbarton are fighting for survival in ways that were not available to them a few short weeks ago. Their loss last weekend was a simple single goal one and they made Dunfermline fight hard. I hope this is a cracker cos I am going to it!

Hamilton Academical v Cowdenbeath has Billy Reid once again having to pick up his side after a disappointing result and try to get points of a team that is round about where they don’t want to be. Colin Cameron’s side are becoming draw specialists so will want to banish that tag. That having been said it is better than losing so it is four games without losing in the Blue Brazil vocabulary. Finally Livingston v Raith Rovers sees temporary gaffer, Gareth Evans still in charge at the Almondvale/(Insert name here) Stadium whilst Grant Murray needs to see something better from the boys at Kirkcaldy or it will become another mediocre season for them. Their league position has been as much about teams below them faltering as them picking up draws and a few odd wins. Having said that, a decent two goal win against Airdrie United last weekend was a good place to start. This ought to be a game where they can manage to prove being ahead of the teams they are is no fluke.

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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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