New­ton go a point clear at the top

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

East­wood Park ..... 0 New­ton Aca­dem ... 3 Af­ter a good vic­tory in the cup the pre­vi­ous week, New­ton Aca­dem­i­cal were back in league ac­tion on Satur­day af­ter­noon against East­wood Park­mount.

New­ton started the game strongly and were able to get the ball down and play on a very poor grass park.

With 20 min­utes played New­ton re­ceived a free kick just out­side the box and Paul McCabe was able to strike the ball into the top right hand cor­ner.

When a cor­ner was headed away by the East­wood Park­mount de­fender it landed to Thomas Hous­ton who was able to ri­fle home a vol­ley to dou­ble Ac­cies’lead be­fore the in­ter­val.

Into the se­cond half and East­wood Park­mount came out with a point to prove and al­most got back into the game when their striker missed from close range. They piled on the pres­sure and when their striker raced clear, he was knocked over in the box and the ref­eree pointed to the spot.

The East­wood man then had a mo­ment to for­get as he blazed the penalty over the bar.

The vis­i­tors from Cam­bus­lang strug­gled to carve out many chances in the se­cond half but sealed the win late on. They caught East­wood out with a quick counter at­tack­ing move which al­lowed Martin Jones to vol­ley home his 14th goal of the sea­son.

A mo­ment of mad­ness from striker Dar­ren Hamp­son saw him red carded with just min­utes re­main­ing when he lashed out af­ter re­ceiv­ing a late tackle.

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