Feb 13 2013 By Andrew Weston
Newmains United boss Ian Rankin felt his side were denied a ‘stonewall’ penalty on Saturday at Wishaw Spots Centre that would have secured a first league victory since October.
Gary Murdoch was sent tumbling inside the box late in the first half against Forth Wanderers, but the ref waved play on much to Rankin’s disgust.
In the end, United had to settle for a share of the spoils despite having dominated for long spells.
David Merrilaw’s saw his header saved and both Murdoch and John Bulloch passing up two great chances.
Rankin said: “There was no reason for Gary to go down in the box and he was basically sandwiched in between two defenders. He was in a good central area and I felt it was a stonewall penalty.
“That was disappointing but overall I thought we were excellent and deserved to win the game. David McInnes pulled off a great save near the end and it would’ve been sore to have lost.”
United take on Royal Albert this weekend looking to leapfrog their rivals in the Central Two table. Rankin added: “We’ll target three points and go in feeling positive after that game.”