Newtongrange Star confident first win will come after draw with high-flying Tranent

Newtongrange Star boss Chris King believes his young side aren’t far way from their first East of Scotland Premier League victory of the season after drawing 2-2 at home to Tranent on Saturday night.

By Scott Thomson
Sunday, 3rd October 2021, 8:50 pm
Updated Sunday, 3rd October 2021, 8:52 pm
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Bottom club Star hosted high flying Tranent at New Victoria Park as part of Groundhop weekend in an evening kick-off and more than matched Calum Elliot’s side who dropped down to second as a result.

Chris Robertson struck twice in the first half for the hosts, either side of a Sean Wringe strike, before Craig Stevenson equalised from the penalty spot in the second half in front of a bumper crowd.

Star are five points behind Whitehill Welfare at the foot of the table, but King isn’t too downbeat and is confident results will come for his side.

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“We don’t have an issue with scoring goals or having good performances, we’re just not able to hold onto a lead,” said King. “The longer it goes without a win and the fact we keep conceding goals, it gets harder and harder for the players, and they are a young bunch.

“The first half was all us and we deserved to be in front then the second half we were under a wee bit of pressure which was always going to happen.

“We’re not thinking about relegation or worried that we’re never going to win games, the performances have been brilliant, minus a couple. The results will come we just need to be consistent. We can’t ask for a lot more, apart from the fact we’ve been really unlucky conceding late goals."

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