Three and easy for Nitten in the cup

Bathgate 0-3 Newtongrange  ''Striker Lewis Coult receives congratulations after his debut goal
Bathgate 0-3 Newtongrange ''Striker Lewis Coult receives congratulations after his debut goal

Newtongrange Star made a welcome return to winning ways with a comfortable victory in glorious conditions at Creamery Park on Saturday.

Striker Lewis Coult made his first start for the club and quickly formed a powerful looking partnership with Kris Renton which proved far too much for the Premier Division hosts.

The visitors were on the front foot from the kick off and went ahead in the ninth minute when a superb volleyed cross from Craig Thomson reached Kris Renton and he calmly slipped the ball low past the Thistle keeper McQuillan from eight yards out.

Lewis Coult was booked in the 25th minute for dissent but the tall striker was celebrating a debut goal just minutes later when he controlled a long through ball just inside the box, neatly cut inside his marker and passed the ball low past McQuillan to make it 2-0.

Star came close to making it 3-0 in the 37th minute when a through ball from Thomson was nearly headed into his own net by Brady, as first half ended with the visitors in total control.

The second half started in scrappy fashion littered with a series of niggly fouls which saw Thomson booked for Star along with Nicoll and MacLeod for the home side.

The tie was settled beyond any doubt in the 61st minute when yet another inviting Thomson cross was swept home by Renton from six yards out to make it 3-0.

Star were in complete control of the match now and Renton was denied his hat-trick when the best move of the match ended with him crashing a thunderous drive off the inside of the post from 18 yards with the keeper well beaten.

The visitors suffered an injury blow when Stevie Noble was forced off after receiving a heavy tackle and he was replaced by Brian Murray, and Kevin Motion replaced the impressive Jack Wilson in the 77th minute as the game eventually petered out in the warm conditions before Lee Currie was booked in the 84th minute for a trip. All in all a comfortable win for Star.