Pitman leaves Falkirk shorthanded

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Reivers 3

Falkirk 1

DISTRICT CUP SECOND ROUND

A DOUBLE from Spencer Pitman helped Reivers to advance past a strong Falkirk side at Tweedbank.

The home team was much closer to full strength than in previous weeks with a couple of exceptions, but the visitors enjoyed the bulk of possession without threatening the circle.

Chances were few and far between, but the few there were fell to the Reivers. Andy Bell and Scott Girvan proved to be the most profligate in front of goal, the inability to lift the ball over a prone goalkeeper proving costly.

Just before half-time, tempers flared as a hard tackle from Spencer Pitman drew a fiery reaction from the Falkirk defender who lashed out. A word of warning and a free hit was deemed sufficient by the umpire.

Into the second half, Falkirk took the lead against the run of play when an early pass into the circle found an unmarked forward who slotted the ball through the legs of keeper Stephen Young.

But Reivers replied beautifully as good work down the right freed Bell, who fed Pitman. Learning from Girvan’s folly, he lifted the ball over the downed keeper to level the score.

The Reivers didn’t have to wait long before they took the lead – a neat touch and turn from Pitman gave him space to rifle the ball low against the back board.

Falkirk made some fast breaks which broke down in and around the home circle, serving warning that the game was not over.

With the visitors pushing for the equaliser, this led to gaps at the back, allowing Pitman to burst into the circle, only to be bundled over before he could get a shot away.

The inevitable penalty flick was awarded and skipper Lofthouse strode forward to score in the corner, ending the game as a contest.

Overall, it was an excellent performance from the Reivers, who were hard working and industrious more than free flowing.

Captain Lofthouse was pleased to be back to winning ways. He said: “After a loss then a break we really needed to get back in the saddle.

“Hopefully we can now kick on and string a few wins together.”

Reivers: S. Young, S. Ross, B. Montgomerie, D. Johnston, P. Cairns, J. Ordan, G. Lofthouse, W. Dixon, A. Bell, S. Girvan, S. Pitman. Sub: K. Darling.

z Next week the Reivers are back in action with a trip back to play Falkirk again, this time on league business.