FALKIRK have lost four games on the spin in all competitions meaning that Saturday’s home clash against Kirkcaldy has taken on extra importance.
The Horne Park men’s poor recent run started on October 26th when they were knocked out of the League Cup by National League Three side Strathmore, and since then they have been beaten by Gordonians, Glasgow Accies and Hamilton Bulls leaving them 10th in the table just six points off the drop zone.
With the second half of the season just about to get under way they will want to get back to winning ways soon and, despite the recent run of poor form, the players are viewing this match against the third placed team in the league as an excellent opportunity to get things moving in the right direction again.
“It will be another challenge for our boys, but they are looking forward to the fixture,” said head coach Stevie Leckie. “The challenge is one we will face head on and we are playing well and I am sure a result is not far away.
“The players and committee are working hard on and off the pitch and always have the bigger picture in their heads.”
Kirkcaldy’s form could not be more different from Falkirk and they make the trip having won their last six league games, meaning that are now just three points off leaders Dumfries Saints having played a game more.
This time around the Saints are on the road to Preston Lodge looking to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season at home to Peebles last week. “We performed poorly last week, but there is no panic,” said head coach Euan Mack.
“We have been working hard this week at training, working on areas that we were weak in against Peebles. PL will be a really tough team this weekend and we have got a few injuries, but that gives other guys a chance to perform and help the team get back on track. We expect PL to be big and physical and we have to be ready to match that.”
GHK can go top of the table (even if it is just for a few hours) should they can win at home against Glasgow Accies on Friday evening.
“We are higher up in the table, but it is a derby match and I have been involved in rugby long enough to know that form goes out the window,” said head coach Peter Wright.
“On the night it will be about who shows up and who wants it more any our players know that they need another good result to keep the recent momentum up.
“We played pretty well last week at Gordonians to get the [50-12] win while the week before at home to Whitecraigs under the floodlights we put in a strange performance. In the end we won the game [43-17], but only after we had put in our best first half display of the season and backed it up with our worst second half display. Against Glasgow Accies we will need to be better for 80 minutes and the league is looking pretty exciting.”
Accies are ninth in the table, some 20 points behind their city rivals, but it should be an intriguing affair.
Stewart’s Melville are fourth and just six points behind Dumfries after a run of good recent victories over Whitecraigs, Gordonians and Glasgow Accies. They host Hamilton Bulls at Inverleith on Saturday with the latter just two points below Jonny Else’s men in fifth.
Peebles will be keen to build on their impressive performance at Dumfries when they welcome bottom side Whitecraigs to The Gytes. The sixth placed hosts will start as firm favourites and the visitors must be more resolute in defence after conceding ing over 40 points in each of their last four league outings.
Gordonians are 11th in the table and only above Whitecraigs on points difference so they will look to bring back a positive result from Newton Stewart.
This weekend’s National League Division Two fixtures –
Friday night –
GHK v Glasgow Accies (8pm)
Saturday (all 2pm unless stated) –
Falkirk v Kirkcaldy
Stewart’s Melville v Hamilton Bulls
Newton Stewart v Gordonians
Preston Lodge v Dumfries Saints
Peebles v Whitecraigs (3pm)