I’m Zak in the game Rud­den hero after light­ning re­turn to Bairns

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Sport - Bairns hero Rud­den leads ap­plause and, below, Harkins is shown red Partick This­tle.......1 Falkirk......................1

Gor­don Wad­dell

they’re run­ning out of. In the end they took a point each but both ended up losers as the chasm to safety widened.

Al­loa’s three points left a gap of six for Falkirk and seven for Jags to bridge with just 15 games left.

This­tle did all the run­ning and took all the ter­ri­tory but they were nonex­is­tent in the fi­nal third.

The Bairns tucked in and still had the best chance of the half as Rud­den cut in from the left but took the wrong op­tion try­ing to beat Conor Haz­ard from too tight an an­gle.

The flow didn’t change after the break and This­tle took the lead just after the hour.

Sean McGinty stroked the ball wide to James Pen­rice and Spit­tal tucked away his de­liv­ery with a shot that flew into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The game changer in This­tle’s eyes came in 74 min­utes when An­drew Dal­las gave Gary Harkins a sec­ond yel­low for a chal­lenge on Ross Ma­cLean.

Two min­utes later, the Bairns were level. Ma­cLean’s de­liv­ery was met by Ciaran McKen na , but de spi t e Haz­ard’s save, Rud­den was there to bun­dle it home.

Bairns boss Ray McKin­non said: “That’s four points out of six away with a lot of new play­ers so we’re pleased.”

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