HILLFOOTS RFC edged past Falkirk 23-22 in a tight-knit game that was settled with just a point in favour of the hosts.

Falkirk looked to continue their momentum after a huge win over Grangemouth last week and looked to carry that into the game.

Foots started the stronger side, earning themselves a penalty in front of the posts in no time. Gregor Manson made no mistake, giving his side an early three-point lead.

Foots had chances to extend their lead, but just couldn’t find that final pass to carry the ball over the line and allowed Falkirk to make some ground back.

Falkirk took the lead after some penalties gave the visitors the capability to score, with the rest of the first half a rather even affair.

Falkirk extended their lead shortly after the second half commenced, with an early try to the left of the posts.

Ryan Butterworth finished off a terrific strike play from the backs to respond immediately for the hosts, allowing momentum to swing towards the hosts.

With just 10 minutes left on the clock, Foots scored what was easily the try of the match. Foots now led by more than a converted try.

Falkirk gave it one last effort, however, but their penalty was shanked wide. Foots defended well for the final moments of the match to see out a narrow 23-22 win.

Head coach Graeme Simpson said: “It was a good day down at the park against Falkirk 2nd XV. Another close affair where we both showed a lot of heart and drive to succeed.

“A few well-worked tries and a far better-disciplined performance made the difference.

"A week off now before the visit of Carnoustie where a win will secure Caledonia Division 1 rugby again next season for us.”