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Monday 16th November 2015

Weekend in numbers

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Peterhead, Falkirk, Morton, Dunfermline and Annan.

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Peterhead, Falkirk, Morton, Dunfermline and Annan.

1 Peterhead defeated Queen’s Park 2-1 at Hampden to book their place in April’s Petrofac Training Cup final. The Blue Toon won the Highland League Cup on five occasions prior to joining the SFL in 2000 but this will be the first time they have competed in a national cup final. Their previous best achievement was a Challenge Cup semi-final in 2010/11, but they have gone one step better this year.  Rory McAllister scored his 18th goal of the season on Saturday - he has netted in every round so far, including five against Falkirk in round two.

3 John Baird helped himself to a second hat-trick in the space of a month as Falkirk thrashed Alloa Athletic 5-0 at the Falkirk Stadium. Amazingly, Baird is the third Falkirk player in the last decade to achieve such a feat - Lyle Taylor scored two hat-tricks in the space of a week in December 2012, and Anthony Stokes scored trebles in back-to-back matches in 2006. The Bairns have kept clean sheets in four of their last five home matches – the only goal they have conceded was a Jason Cummings penalty for Hibs in mid-October.

4 Morton defeated Queen of the South 2-0 at Cappielow to move into fourth spot in the Ladbrokes Championship table. Jim Duffy’s side have now recorded four league wins in a row, having lost their previous four. The Ton have kept clean sheets in five of their last six home league matches, with the only blot on their copybook being a 4-0 defeat to Rangers at the end of September. The Greenock side have already recorded six league wins this season, equalling their tally for the entire 2013/14 campaign.

612 Dunfermline Athletic kept in touch with Ayr United at the top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Airdrieonians at the Excelsior Stadium. The Pars have not conceded a goal in a club record 612 minutes of League 1 football since Airdrie’s George Hunter gave the Diamonds the lead in a 1-1 draw at East End Park in late September. The only previous time the Pars have kept six straight league clean sheets was back in 1985/86, when they won the third-tier title.

8 Annan Athletic beat Berwick Rangers 1-0 to extend their lead at the top of Ladbrokes League 2 to five points. Jim Chapman’s side remain unbeaten in six league matches at Galabank this season, a run which stretches to eight matches when you include their final two games of last season. The Galabankies have now won each of their last six home matches against Berwick and are unbeaten in their last 10 against the Borderers.