Arthurlie failed to capitalise on results elsewhere going their way at the weekend after stumbling to a 1-1 draw away to Craigmark Burntonians.

With promotion rivals Cumbernauld falling to a 4-0 defeat against Neilston and Rossvale held to a 2-2 draw at Darvel, a win would have given Lie some breathing space in third spot but it wasn’t to be for Duncan Sinclair’s men as struggling Craigmark picked up their first point in six weeks.

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Fans at Station Park had barely settled in as the Mark opened the scoring, when Scott Dempster slotted home after being found with a long ball over the top after just 20 seconds. 

Encouraged by their bright start, Craigmark went for the jugular as the Lie defence struggled to hold on.

Barrhead News: A resolute Craigmark defence hold on against lacklustre LieA resolute Craigmark defence hold on against lacklustre Lie

And, without a win since February, Arthurlie’s lack of confidence was clearly evident as they continuously squandered possession in the middle of the park with the home side looking comfortable.

Lie finally came to life with five minutes remaining in the first-half as Hal Bohme glided past a full-back before unselfishly squaring it for Craig Molloy, whose effort went agonisingly wide.

Sinclair’s side then hauled themselves level five minutes after the restart thanks to Lee Roulston’s strike from 18 yards out.

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Frustratingly, Arthurlie couldn’t quite find a winner, despite some glaring chances, as the match went on with Craigmark holding firm.

Lie return to Dunterlie on Saturday as they welcome Irvine Victoria.