Wishaw battle to draw with Shotts
Kieran is confident
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