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Match Preview: Cowdenbeath v Falkirk


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Match Preview: Cowdenbeath v Falkirk

PostedMarch 28, 2011

The crazy March schedule is finally heading towards an end as Cowden take on Falkirk at Central Park on Tuesday evening in a big match in the promotion and relegation stakes.

After Saturday's vital point gained at Dens Park it will be no surprise to see a confident Cowden team taking to the pitch but we will be up against a Falkirk side on a high after defeating league leader Raith iso it will not be an easy match for either side.

"The lads were excellent on Saturday and I was disappointed with only picking up a point as we deserved more", said JImmy Nicholl.

"It is another vital point though in our quest to remain in this division. Falkirk are the next challenge and we know from the two previous games how difficult opponents they will be. They have promotion aspirations but if we produce the form we have shown since the second half against Raith Rovers we will be in with a chance of causing another upset.

"Jon Robertson and Stevie Crawford had their best games for us this season on Saturday and I was impressed with young Thomas O'Brien who came on at half-time. There was not a failure throughout the team and I was delighted with the performance and application. We have players coming back from injury but they will have a fight on their hands to get back into the team if those currently with the jersey keep performing to that standard.

Lee Makel and Archie Campbell return to the squad after injury but the game will come to soon for Colin Cameron, John Armstrong and Bob Malcolm.

This will be the 3rd meeting between the 2 sides this season with Falkirk sitting with a 100% record over us at the 2 games at The Falkirk Stadium. Our opening match saw a young Cowden side slump to a 5-1 loss with a late Mark Ramsay penalty being our only consolation. Late January saw an improved performance but still a 2 goal loss.

The league is tightening at both ends of the table with a possible win for Cowden being massive in the battle against relegation while the Bairns know if they win all their games in hand then they could be top of the table on goal difference. It's all to play for!

Cowden have however lost their last match being played on this date (a 2-0 defeat at home to Brechin City in 2008) and it's been a long time since we defeated Falkirk (August 2000 we battled to a 2-1 win in the Challenge Cup with Reon Juskowiak scoring the winner in extra time to secure a deserved win) but with a slight upturn in performance in recent weeks there is genuine optimism in the Cowden support that points can be attained here.

Falkirk have shown they are a competitive side away from home in recent outings with 8 points gathered out of the last 15 away points available. However they have only averaged a goal a game in these matches which underlines that with Cowden scoring goals just now that there is a great chance of some valuable points being added here. Unfortunately our home form has been poor lately with no home wins since the start of November so turning Central Park back into a fortress would be crucial in our battle against the drop.

Match of the day fact of the week:- with Stevie Crawford and Scott Linton scoring for us at Dens Park last Saturday it took our total number of different goal scorers this season up to 15. This is tied 2nd highest out of the 1st division teams tying with Falkirk, Ross County and Dunfermline. At the top sit Partick with 17 while Morton sit bottom with only 10 different scorers.

Admission

The gates open at 6.45pm with admission set at: Adults 15, Concessions 8, Adult and Child 20.

Match Day info
There is segregation in place for this match. Home fans should enter from the Chapel Street end. Away fans should enter from the High Street end. Season tickets holders, who have booked a seat in the main stand, shoudl access the ground from the High Street end. All other season ticket holders should enter via Chapel Street.
Club Bar
The Club Bar is open from 6.45pm and a warm welcome is extend to home and away fans. The bar is situated in the Alex Menzie Lounge in the main stand and offers a range of pre and post match refreshments.
Blue Brazil Shop
The Club Shop is situated next to the main stand at Central Park and is open on home match days. Merchandise available includes the errea home and away replica shirts. Cub merchandise can also be purchased online.
Blue Brasilian
The match day programme will be available next to the turnstiles for a value 2. The programme includes Jimmy Nicholl's weekly column and many more interesting articles.
50/50 Draw The 50/50 tickets are available to purchase within the ground. Draw is made at half-time.
Blue Brazil Lottery
The draw for the lottery is made at 12pm every Friday and tickets for the following weeks draw will be available from agents. Contact lottery@cowdenbeathfc.com or phone 01383 610166 for more information.
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