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Monday 17th January 2022

Weekend in numbers

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

24 – Arbroath defeated Raith Rovers 2-1 at Stark’s Park to move four points clear at the top of the cinch Championship. Dick Campbell’s side trailed 1-0 at half-time but second-half goals from Jack Hamilton and Nicky Low handed them all three points. The Red Lichties have the best away record in the division, having picked up 24 points from 12 matches on the road. Arbroath have not played in the top flight since 1974/75 but are now just 14 matches away from making an unexpected return, just five years on from being in League 2.

8 – Dunfermline Athletic boosted their cinch Championship survival hopes with a 1-0 victory over Hamilton Academical at East End Park. Ryan Dow scored the only goal to move the Pars level on points with Queen of the South at the foot of the table, and they remain just two behind Morton in eighth. It was their first home league win over Hamilton in eight attempts – their last success against Accies at East End Park was a 4-0 victory in December 1995, when Stewart Petrie, Andy Tod, Greg Shaw and Derek Fleming were all on target.

5 – Airdrieonians beat Falkirk 3-2 at the Penny Cars Stadium to climb into second place in the cinch League 1 table. Callum Fordyce, Scott McGill and Calum Gallagher were all on the scoresheet for the Diamonds, who remain eight points behind leaders Cove Rangers with a game in hand. Ian Murray’s side have now recorded five consecutive league victories for the first time since October-November 2019. The Diamonds have won five of their last six matches against the Bairns, the only exception being a 2-1 home defeat in August.

8 – Dumbarton ended a run of five straight defeats by beating East Fife 2-0 on Saturday. New signings Josh Oyinsan and Gregg Wylde scored as Stevie Farrell’s side moved eight points clear of their opponents at the foot of the cinch League 1 table. This was the Sons’ first home league win since their last match against the Fifers back in September. Since the start of last season, these sides have met six times in the league, and all six matches have been won by the home team.

1 – Cowdenbeath improved their hopes of survival in cinch League 2 thanks to a 2-0 victory over Stenhousemuir at Ochilview. Robbie Buchanan and Bobby Barr scored the goals as Maurice Ross’ side closed the gap at the foot of the table to nine points, with 16 matches still remaining. This was the Blue Brazil’s first away league win of the season – their last away victory also came against Stenhousemuir at Ochilview by the same scoreline in April.