Winter lay-off cost us title tilt, says Star boss

Newtongrange manager Alan Miller. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Newtongrange manager Alan Miller. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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ALAN MILLER admitted Newtongrange Star had lost their edge as they were held to a goalless draw by Armadale.

Miller’s men had been Super League title contenders at one point but the manager said: “We’ve lost our edge. We had a spell during the winter when we only played one game in two months and that I think was the turning point. We had a great start to our season and, for a while, we were serious contenders for the title but I do believe that spell without playing took the edge of our form.

“We had been playing great football up to that point but in recent games we have gone off the boil. However, for Newtongrange to be talked about as Super League possible winners is a great achievement for the side. Overall, I’m happy with the season.”

Armadale gaffer Jim Henderson, whose team are looking to avoid a place in the promotion/relegation play-off, said: “To come to Newtongrange at any time and come away with a share of the points is good. We are in a good position with one game left to play. It’s away to Camelon but it’s in our own hands.”

The first half was very even although Newtongrange did hit the bar from a Mathu King header.

Armadale did have their moments, though, and Star goalkeeper Kieron Renton had to produce some super saves to keep his goal intact. His brother, Kris, hit the post after coming on as a substitute.

Newtongrange: K Renton, McManus, Noble, Tolmie, Dunn, Thomson, Jamieson, Gillon, King, Cherrie, Delland. Subs: C Renton, Kerr, Wilson, Swaney, Amos.

Armadale: Watson, G Brown, Clark, S Brown, Morrison, Bonnar, McLeod, Taylor, Feeney, Thomson, Dalrymple. Subs: McCafferty, Milton, Mauchline, Cunningham, Beveridge.