Neilston made it three wins in a row when they narrowly defeated Vale of Clyde at Fullarton Park on Saturday.

A header from Euan Clark in the second half was enough to take all three points and keep the Farmer’s Boys joint top with Cambuslang.

However, the away side also had goalkeeper James Digney to thank for the victory as he produce an excellent save when faced with a last-minute penalty from Vale’s McKinstry.

Neilston had several players missing due to suspension and other commitments.

But they began on the front foot and came close with McLaclan’s free-kick that just went by the far post.

McDade then had an effort from the edge of the box which Lynch tipped over the bar.

At the other end, the home side responded well and Kane was denied twice by Digney as he blocked two shots then Prior’s rebound was saved.

The Vale started the second half strongly and created some chances, with McManus hitting the side netting.

Neilston opened the scoring in the 57th minute when Clark headed home from McLachlan’s corner.

The away side then came close to adding to their lead and putting the game out of sight.

But Stoney’s free-kick was tipped over the bar by the home keeper.

Neilston were awarded a penalty late on when Cameron was fouled in the box by Morrison.

However, Kennedy, on target from the spot last week at Larkhall Thistle, put his effort off the top of the crossbar.

The Vale pressed for the equaliser and got a penalty in the last minute when Young fouled McManus in the box.

But Digney produced an excellent diving save to deny McKinstry and ensure all three points went back to Brig O’Lea.

Neilston: Digney, McDade, Payne, Clark, Young, Stevenson, Paterson (Magennis), Stoney (McCuish), Cameron, Kennedy, McLachlan.

Sub not used: Dow.

Man of the match: Robert Payne.