Bo’ness United drop points in Super League charge

Newtongrange Star FC v Bo'ness United FC, New Victoria Park, Newtongrangel. Super League.''Pictured: Star's Scott Swanney tries to hold off Bo'ness ?? Darren Gribben ??''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach'Sat, 19, April, 2014

Newtongrange Star FC v Bo'ness United FC, New Victoria Park, Newtongrangel. Super League.''Pictured: Star's Scott Swanney tries to hold off Bo'ness ?? Darren Gribben ??''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach'Sat, 19, April, 2014

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Super League leaders Bo’ness United had to settle for a point after a late Ross Campbell header secured a 2-2 draw away to Broxburn Athletic.

The Newtown Park outfit missed out on the chance to edge six points clear of second-placed Newtongrange Star at the top of the table.

Bo’ness manager Allan McGonigal was relieved to take a point in the end, after he admitted his side weren’t at their best.

He said: “We didn’t play well at all. We seemed to be a bit lethargic. I think Saturday’s game took a wee bit more out of their legs than what I anticipated. I told the boys, ‘If you play as badly as we did just there, it’s certainly a point gained.’”

It was the home side who had looked more likely to score in the early stages, with Bo’ness keeper Mark Peat twice making excellent saves to thwart Broxburn.

However, winger Darren Gribben, free to play after Bo’ness appealed his red-card from Saturday’s game against Newtongrange, gave the visitors the lead after 18 minutes.

After cutting in from the left, Gribben’s attempted cross to the back post flew into the top corner.

Bo’ness were dealt a blow shortly after, however, when keeper Peat was taken off after 25 minutes with a groin injury and is expected to be out for a few weeks.

Broxburn levelled on 55 minutes with left-back Michael Gibson grabbing his first goal of the season, firing past substitute keeper Connor Wallace.

Broxburn took the lead ten minutes later. Scott Pittman was brought down under a Wallace challenge in the box and Mark Cowan converted the spot-kick.

League leaders Bo’ness pulled level with 15 minutes to go when defender Campbell rose highest to meet a Kieron Anderson corner.

Broxburn manager Steve Pittman felt his side should have taken all three points, but was proud of the effort shown by his players.

He said: “We had a lot more chances and probably should’ve won the game in the end. Every one of our players were outstanding. They really worked their socks off.”

Elsewhere last night, Penicuik’s Premier League title bid suffered a setback as they lost 4-2 at Arniston, while Pumpherston and Livingston United fought out a 1-1 draw.