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SFL DIVISION ONE PREVIEW – SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY 2013

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Would you credit it? Allan Moore’s Morton only got to the top, then were first footed by near neighbours, bottom of the table Dumbarton and got beaten – well beaten – 3-0. They retained top spot though as Thistle’s game was called off. The Pars won their game to maintain some form of pressure but nobody will have wanted to be in the Greenock dressing room after the match! Down the bottom Airdrie United and Cowdenbeath managed to entertain – eventually – in a 1-1 draw that helped neither of them – particularly as the new manager bounce has helped the Sons to 2 wins on the trot!

My game of the day this weekend is Livingston v Partick Thistle. This is probably mainly due to them both being footballing sides that can provide us with a sparkle. Gareth Evans has some injury issues whilst Jackie McNamara is beginning to see some faces coming back and available to him for the weekend. Entertainment is what the SFL has been providing over the last few seasons and of all the leagues this is THE one where there is a genuine contest. It is also one where we can genuinely claim that any team can beat any other team – I think Livingston will provide us with another possible twist in the First Division journey.

Of the other contenders, league leaders Morton need to shake off Wednesday’s home defeat to Dumbarton and Dunfermline Athletic need to maintain their momentum from their last outing. In Dumbarton v Dunfermline Athletic it is a bizarre opportunity for the bottom team to demonstrate that they have the measure of the top teams once again and they must now be counted as dangerous opponents. Scott Smith has joined the Sons on loan from Hibs as Ian Murray hopes to take all 3 points. Jim Jeffries has all the hallmarks of a tortoise so will probably approach the game cautiously and sneak all 3. Cowdenbeath v Morton has Colin Cameron’s men trying to shake off the draw king tag by welcoming the league leaders ho are very much smarting from Wednesday. Moore knows that his run has to be seen over more than one game but will want to make sure his team takes the advantage he has gained and runs better with it.

Hamilton Academical v Falkirk would have had your mouth watering at points during the season as both play highly attractive football. It is now January, the weather is bleak and the pitches will start to get heavy. It does not make for an attractive game and with both sides languishing mid to bottom of the table it doesn’t add to the atmosphere. Falkirk didn’t play mid week to get rid of their 4-3 defeat at the hands of Dumbarton and are desperate to play. Hamilton also did not play but are looking better than they have and with Kilmarnock’s Gary Fisher extending his loan deal is in the mood for a win to ease their season. Finally Raith Rovers v Airdrie United has two teams desperate for wins. Jimmy Boyle is really struggling with injuries and Airdrie’s penchant for draws may be enough to help them slowly climb the table and remain unbeaten. Grant Murray just wants some points. It would help consolidate Raith’s position before they get caught up at the bottom of the table.

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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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