Martin Rennie’s hopes of getting off to a winning start as Falkirk manager have been delayed after his first game in charge of the Bairns was abandoned shortly before half-time due to fog.

Falkirk were leading East Fife 1-0 at the Fifers’ Bayview Stadium in Methil thanks to a goal from Aidan Keena but woeful visibility made it increasingly difficult to see what was happening on the opposite end of the pitch.

The referee called a halt five minutes before the break before allowing 15 minutes to see whether the fog cleared but he was left with no option but to call the game off.

Rennie and newly-appointed number two Kenny Miller were in the dugout for the first time after replacing Paul Sheerin and Danny Grainger with Falkirk languishing in mid-table in League One.

The former Vancouver Whitecaps head coach has been warmly welcomed by the Falkirk fans who are desperate to see their side climb out of the third tier at the third attempt.

Having spent most of his coaching career in America, the boyhood Falkirk fan’s first game also brought some intrigue for the Bairns support who aren’t necessarily as up to date with lower league American soccer as others might be.

Attention will now turn to Boxing Day and a home clash with local rivals Clyde as they make the short journey from Cumbernauld to face the Bairns with Rennie looking to get off to a winning start.

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