Draw leaves Stow relying on maths

football in net
football in net

Stow 2 Newtown 2

BAL Division A

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.

Miller almost turned provider in the 25th minute, only for Jordan Steele to guide his cross wide.

Ryan Pritchard then had a free header but placed the ball straight into the hands of Newtown keeper Gareth Weatherston.

Newtown made the perfect reply just 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.

Young and Clapperton forced Weatherston into two saves near the end but Stow could not force a late winner.

Stow assistant manager Fraser Riddell said: “We are disappointed with how we played after our performance against Gordon the week before (won 2-1 in South Cup).”

Stow: T. Kerr, G. Wood, E. Riddell, R. Pritchard, C. Wood, P. Young, B. Miller, J. Runciman, J. Crawford, G. Cleghorn, J. Steele. Subs: R. Clapperton, P. Marszalek, C. Riddell, B. Runciman, M. Gibson.

Newtown: G. Weatherston, P. Scott, D. Richardson, S. Makepeace, D. Gill, N. Todd, N. Macvicar, S. Swanston, S. Leitch, G. Hastie, L. Burke. Subs: S. Deacon, C. Cargill, G. Armstrong, D. Blacklock, J. Hunter.