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Newmains United 1 - 1 Forth Wanderers

SCOTT HIM: Newmains defender Craig Scott (left) tries to halt a Forth attack (Photo: Gerry McWilliams/MCW Photography)

THE turkey is close to being served up.

But Paul Davies reckons Newmains would have had the stuffing knocked out of them if they’d lost to Forth.

With the pitch at Victoria Park sodden and heavy, co-boss Davies knew a blunder from either side could make or break the clash on Saturday.

But he reckons referee Regan Wallace was the one who made the biggest error.

Wallace pointed to the spot on 55 minutes after the ball was blasted off David Ross’ arm from point-blank range and Kris Jarvie netted the penalty.

Robbie Mclay bundled home five minutes later to cancel out the strike.

Jarvie then missed the chance to win it for Forth when he blazed a second spotkick over the bar in the final minute.

Co-boss Davies thinks it would have been an injustice if United had taken nothing from the game.

He said: “The weather and the pitch meant it was never going to make for great football conditions. We knew a mistake from either side could win or lose the points.

“But we battled the conditions in a game we feel we should have got three points from. It would have been a devastating result if we had lost.

“We went 1-0 down after the referee deemed Davie handled the ball when it was blasted off him from two yards away.

“I know the referee’s job is a hard one but a decision like that could have cost us the match.

“We stayed strong though and managed to get a goal back after a mistake from the Forth goalkeeper.  In the second half Forth were awarded a second penalty which they failed to convert.”

The clash was Newmains’ first after four weeks of inactivity, which included three away trips being rained off.

They next face a trip to Alexandria on Saturday to face Vale of Leven (kick-off 1.45pm).

Davies added: “There had been a great atmosphere in the changing room before the Forth game. After nearly a month without playing there was a game and the boys were really looking forward to it.

“We have now taken four points out of six off Forth this season so we have to be delighted with that.”


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