A stunning victory saw Newtongrange Star pick up another valuable three points with a comfortable 0-3 win over Camelon at a chilly Carmuirs Park last Saturday.
The visitors took command from the kick off and came close to taking an early lead when a ferocious drive from Gary Cherrie was well saved by keeper Clark.
Next an inviting free kick from Chris King in the 13th minute just eluded several in-rushing Star players before Matti King was sent clear by a sublime Craig Thomson pass but his cross found no takers and the chance was lost.
A short passback by Michael Deland put the visitors in trouble but Keiron Renton managed to clear the danger before Star took the lead in extraordinary circumstances in the 28th minute. Thomson took possession in midfield, took a quick look up to see the home keeper some yards from his goal and arrowed a magnificent drive high into the net from fully 60 yards for a stunning opening goal.
Star continued to dominate and Cherrie saw his powerful header well saved in the 33rd minute but the resulting corner fell to Chris King who lashed a powerful drive low into the net from 18 yards to put the Star 2-0 ahead.
The home side should have reduced the deficit in the 41st minute but McLaren passed up a glorious opportunity when he slammed the ball wide after Renton parried a drive into his path. Star nearly made it three just before the break when a flowing move ended with Jordan Cropley setting up Matti King but his shot was blocked by Clark in the home goal.
The former Musselburgh Athletic striker was not to be denied though and made the points safe in the 50th minute when he headed home a Chris King free kick. Sean Jamieson missed a glorious chance to add a fourth goal but slipped the ball wide from eight yards before the home side were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Ure was given a straight red card for a wild challenge on Chris King.
Star introduced Jack Wilson, Stevie Noble and Darren Gillon for Chris King, Thomson and Cherrie and saw the remaining time out safely to secure another fine win for Alan Miller’s men.
Newtongrange Star: Renton, Swaney, Deland, Tolmie, McManus, Thomson, Jamieson, Cherrie, M King, C King, Cropley. Subs: Wilson, Renton, Noble, Gillon, Amos.