Scottish Daily Mail

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LEAGUE ONE

FALKIRK offered the promise of better things to come as Martin Rennie savoured his first win as manager with a 6-2 mauling of Dumbarton. The Bairns have endured a miserable season in League One so far, with five straight losses to finish off 2021 amid a backdrop of dreadful decisions on and off the park. However, a hat-trick from Anton Dowds — fresh from a successful loan spell at Arbroath — helped lift the gloom at the Falkirk Stadium and pushed Rennie’s side firmly into play-off contention in fifth place, two points behind Queen’s Park. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair scored a debut goal and Calumn Morrison and Aidan Kenna also helped themselves to a goal apiece, with Paul Paton and Stuart Carswell netting for the visitors. Rennie said: ‘The losing streak had to end, but the manner in which we played was a starting point for us in terms of how I want the side to play.’

LEAGUE TWO

KELTY HEARTS bounced back from their Boxing Day bruising at Annan to continue their relentless charge towards League Two title glory with a 3-0 win at Stirling Albion. Kevin Thomson’s men saw their status as this season’s last remaining undefeated British club fall by the wayside in uncharacte­ristic fashion with their 5-1 defeat at Galabank in their last appearance of 2021. But they proved there would be no lasting hangover going into the New Year by taking care of the free-falling Binos, who have dropped to sixth place, having been Kelty’s nearest challenger­s just two months ago. Nathan Austin opened the scoring in the fourth minute — his 14th goal of a prolific season — and a second-half Joe Cardle double completed the scoring for the Fife side, who lead Forfar by seven points at the top of the table.

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