Wishaw bat­tle to draw with Shotts

Kieran is con­fi­dent

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from long-term in­jury as well now.

“Jack Mooney and Brian Jack will both be back on the pitch soon and that has got the team’s spir­its up. They’re feel­ing bet­ter and there’s a spring in the step again.”

While Wishaw are still sit­ting sec­ond-bot­tom of the league early on, Kieran is hope­ful they can quickly climb the ta­ble if they string some re­sults to­gether – start­ing with Greenock Ju­niors on Satur­day.

He added: “The boys are much more con­fi­dent now and we need to turn that into points.

“The ta­ble doesn’t look pretty at the mo­ment, but that can all change very quickly.

“Greenock will be a tough game. They’ll be phys­i­cal and carry a threat.

“Hope­fully we can put in an­other good per­for­mance and kick on from there.” Shotts ...................... 0 Wishaw Ju­niors ....... 0 Ben Ra­m­age

High-fly­ing Shotts were held to a goal­less draw at Han­nah Park as strug­gling Wishaw Ju­niors picked up a pre­cious point.

Wishaw trav­elled to Shotts to face an in-form Bon Ac­cord who knew they had to keep the points rolling in to keep pace with league lead­ers Gart­cairn.

The hosts dom­i­nated the first half, spurn­ing two one-on-one chances.

Adam Hunter also saw his shot tipped ex­cel­lently onto the bar by Wishaw’s goal­keeper.

De­spite be­ing un­der the cosh, Wishaw al­most took the lead just be­fore half-time on the break.

While Shotts kept knock­ing on the door in the sec­ond half, Wishaw held firm to bag a much-needed point that took them off the foot of the ta­ble.

Shotts boss John Mckeown praised the Wishaw de­fence but felt his side de­served to win and on an­other day could have eas­ily scored three or four goals.

Mckeown said: “We dom­i­nated the first half and should re­ally have been lead­ing.

“We had them hemmed in but fair play to them, they de­fended well.

“Their keeper has made one of the best saves I’ve ever seen to keep it level too from Adam Hunter’s shot.

“We also should have had a stonewall penalty when Mike Collinder was bla­tently fouled but it wasn’t given.

“It’s a wee bit frus­trat­ing for us but the point put us up to sec­ond place and it might end up be­ing an im­por­tant one.”

Mckeown is de­lighted with how well his team have per­formed so far this sea­son.

And he feels the way Wishaw were cel­e­brat­ing a point at the end of the match shows just how much re­spect other teams give his side.

He said: “If you’d told me we’d be sec­ond a third of the way through the sea­son I’d have said I’d be de­lighted with that. The aim now is to be in the top three by Christ­mas and then take it from there.

“The boys have been ab­so­lutely great. For Wishaw to be cel­e­brat­ing a point shows that teams are now see­ing us as a chal­lenge and get­ting a point at Han­nah Park is a good re­sult.

“It’s tougher for us to break teams down when they sit in but we’re still con­fi­dent in our­selves go­ing for­ward.”

Shotts travel to face Glas­gow Perthshire this week­end look­ing to keep up the hunt on Gart­cairn.

Wishaw face Greenock Ju­niors at the Beltane where they will be hop­ing for a win to kick start their sea­son.

Close con­test Shotts and Wishaw bat­tle out a draw

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