Neilston extended their incredible run of form to nine wins and one draw from their last 10 matches with a 1-0 victory away to Renfrew at the weekend.

The Farmer’s Boys, fresh from their superb Macron Scottish Junior Cup exploits, made the short trip to New Western Park on Saturday to take on nearest promotion rivals Frew.

With both sides having to adapt to the poor conditions with constant downpours and a bitingly cold win, the hosts enjoyed most of the territory in the first 45 without ever really troubling James Digney in the Neilston goal.

The Brig side eventually broke the deadlock minutes into the second period with Paul Stewart rising well to meet Ross McKinnon’s driven corner and flick it beyond the Frew keeper.

The hosts threw everything at Chris Cameron and Derek Carson’s side and were twice denied by the woodwork late on as Neilston saw it out to continue their tremendous run of form.

Barrhead News: Neilston were able to hold on for a battling win over Renfrew in a competitive affairNeilston were able to hold on for a battling win over Renfrew in a competitive affair

And while Neilston co-boss Cameron was delighted to move up to fourth in the West Championship table with the win, he revealed it was bittersweet.

He said: “We’re all delighted with that one, especially with Renfrew and ourselves being so close in the league.

“The win moves us closer to Renfrew with a couple of games in hand so we’ve put ourselves into a really good position. Our aim at the start of the season was to be there or thereabouts in the promotion places come Christmas and we’ve most certainly done that.

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“It was a strange feeling coming up against Colin Clark and Martin Ferry in the dugout as I owe them both a lot in terms of the playing side of things and in terms of helping me move into the coaching side. It was a fantastic win but it was a bit bittersweet to be honest.”

Neilston now have the chance to put some daylight between themselves and fifth place Blantyre Victoria this weekend with Cameron admitting there will be an extra bit of incentive there for his men.

“Blantyre is a huge match for us this weekend,” he added. “They beat us 3-2 down there at the start of the season. We gifted them two goals late on in that one to come away with nothing so we’re out for a bit of revenge this time.

“That match is still a big frustration in our dressing room due to how it panned out. We still actually bring that one up in team talks to this day so there’s definitely an extra incentive there for us.”

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