NEILSTON co-manager Martin Campbell hopes his side can maintain their promotion push after a disappointing draw at home to East Kilbride on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead via Scott Hadden in the first half, whose looping shot caught Robert Tiropoulos off guard. 

Neilston came back out in the second half stronger, and equalised via Paul Young.

The result leaves the Farmer’s Boys in fourth place, three points behind St Roch’s in the automatic promotion spot but with a game in hand. 

A breakaway group has begun to form at the top of the table, with Rossvale, Benburb, St Roch’s and Neilston clear.

Although Wishaw, who have a huge backlog in games due to their involvement in the Scottish Cup, could be a threat, but will have to fulfil lots of their fixtures in a short amount of time.

Campbell said: “I’m hoping that’s going to keep Wishaw at bay to be honest!

“I’m hoping that backlog of games will hamper them a wee bit, but at the moment it’s us, Benburb, St Roch’s and Rossvale. 

“As we said after it we were disappointed just to take just a point, but if you look at the league table it’s still very much in our own hands.”

In two weeks time midweek fixtures will begin to happen across the league, due to the bad weather over the winter resulting in lots of called off games.

Neilston have strengthened their squad recently by adding John Mitchell and Hamish McKinley to help boost the team as they near the end of the season. 

He added: “They’re good young boys, and the reason for that is from two weeks on Wednesday we start the midweek games, so we looked at it and thought we’d try and get as many good players in as we could to help us get through that period where we played Saturday Wednesday, or possibly even Saturday, Monday, Wednesday. 

"We’re coming up to that time of the year where there’s injuries, suspensions, and aren’t able to make the games through their work, so they’re good additions to the team.”

Neilston face a tough task this weekend as they travel to Premier Division side Beith in the West of Scotland Cup.

The supporters bus will leave the Brig O’Lea Stadium on Saturday at 12pm, with kick-off scheduled for 2pm at Beslldale Park.