Falkirk 2 Brechin City 1

Brechin City may be struggling to hold their position in the First Division, but when they visited Falkirk's new Westfield Stadium in this Scottish Cup Third Round tie they made the SPL Bairns fight for victory.

The home side were without striker Darryll Duffy - subject of a £200,000 transfer bid from Hull City, and although officials around the club suggested the former Ranger had a calf injury, the problems associated with the bid may well have accounted for his absence from the team sheet.

In the end, however, he was hardly missed when his strike partner Alan Gow came to the fore with a double that squeezed out a well-organised and hard-working Brechin City.

City manager Ian Campbell's twin brother Dick manages Partick Thistle, and that's the only side Falkirk have been able to beat in their posh new stadium this term when they knocked the Jags out of the CIS Cup, but brother Ian's Argyll outfit made a much better fist of things before Gow killed them off.

The hit-man took possession from Daniel McBreen who, in turn, had received from Andy Lawrie, and the former Airdrie man delightfully squirmed past a couple of defenders before prodding home inside Craig Nelson's left-hand post.

Most observers believed the floodgates would open after that but nothing of the sort happened and it was, frankly, no surprise when the visitors deservedly levelled with 57 minutes played.

Veteran Ally Mitchell crossed from the right edge of the box, and Charlie King showed excellent technique to shape his body and volley home from eight yards.

Had the visitors managed to retain that position for a bit longer than six minutes then things might have been different, but Gow came to the fore again in the 63rd minute. The striker received the ball in the inside right channel before cutting into the box and coolly slotting inside the far post from 14 yards.

Brechin, however, never threw in the towel and it took a brave save by Allan Ferguson at the feet of substitute Gerry Britton three minutes from time to prevent a second game going ahead at Glebe Park.