Stow in need of numerical miracle

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STOW’S hopes of winning Division A are all but over after this hard-fought but poor-standard draw, writes Kenny Paterson.

Stow led twice, but failed to see off a spirited Newtown side, leaving Paul Young’s team with a mathematical but highly unlikely chance of claiming the title.

Played at the Netherdale 3G Arena, Stow dominated the first half and opened the scoring with Billy Miller’s fine 20th minute free kick.Newtown made the perfect reply eight minutes after half-time when Stephen Swanston’s cross was thumped in off the crossbar by Scott Leitch.

Stow brought on ex-Selkirk winger Ryan Clapperton and within minutes he set up James Runciman to bundle the ball over the line in the 68th minute.

But, two minutes later, Newtown equalised, again thanks to a fine Neil Macvicar header from a Scott Leitch free kick to tie the scores and ultimately the game.