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Monday 8th April 2019

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers from the weekend...

3 – Rangers thumped Motherwell 3-0 at Fir Park on Sunday to close the gap at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership to 11 points. Scott Arfield was the hero for the Gers, netting his first career hat-trick to ensure the Ibrox side head into the split eight points clear of third-placed Kilmarnock. Livingston-born Canada international Arfield became the first North American to score a hat-trick in the Scottish top flight since American Gerry Baker netted three for Hibernian in a 3-1 win over Dundee at Dens Park in April 1963.

10 – Hibernian leapfrogged Heart of Midlothian into fifth place in the Ladbrokes Premiership table after coming from behind to win a pulsating derby 2-1 at Tynecastle. The Hibees ended a run of 10 derbies without a win at Tynecastle – their last success in Gorgie was in May 2013 when Ross Caldwell scored a late winner. Daryl Horgan became the first Hibs player to score a double in this fixture since Ulises de la Cruz in a 2-1 win at Easter Road in October 2001. The last Hibs player to score twice at Tynecastle was Joe McBride (junior) in a 2-2 draw back in April 1985.

1 – Alloa Athletic kept their hopes of Ladbrokes Championship survival alive with a 2-1 victory over Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium. The win moved the Wasps level on points with the Bairns at the foot of the table, and to within a single point of eight-placed Partick Thistle. It was Alloa’s first ever win over the Bairns at the Falkirk Stadium, and ended a run of 15 matches without an away win over Falkirk. KC and the Sunshine Band’s terrace classic “Give It Up” was UK No 1 the last time the Wasps beat Falkirk away from home – that was back in August 1983, when goals from Willie Garner, Frank Cole, Davie Lloyd and Gary Thomson handed them a 4-2 victory at Brockville in the League Cup.

10 – Stranraer defeated Forfar Athletic 2-1 at Stair Park to climb out of the Ladbrokes League 1 relegation places. Stevie Farrell’s side are now two points ahead of ninth-placed Brechin City and four clear of bottom club Stenhousemuir with just four matches remaining. Saturday’s win continued the Blues’ dominant home record against the Loons – they are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Forfar at Stair Park, and have won each of the last five. Forfar’s last win in Stranraer was a 4-0 success in March 2014.

6 – Annan Athletic all but secured their promotion play-off spot in Ladbrokes League 2 thanks to a 6-0 hammering of Berwick Rangers at Galabank. Peter Murphy’s side are in fourth place, 12 points clear of fifth-placed Stirling Albion with four matches remaining, and are 25 goals better off in terms of goal difference. It was just the second time the Galabankies have scored six times in a match since they joined the SFL back in 2008 – the other was back in March 2009, when they crushed Elgin City 6-0.