Renfrew co-manager Colin Clark has hailed his side’s excellent start to 2019 after they picked up another valuable point in a 1-1 draw with Glenafton at the weekend.

Frew are one of the form teams in the Premiership at the moment, with three wins and a draw from their last five matches, and they came into the match against the Glens full of confidence after last week’s 3-0 victory away to Kilbirnie Ladeside.

Renfrew made just two changes to last week’s starting XI, with Kieran Healy and Jamie Benton replacing Reece McGillion and Paddy O’Keefe. 

Afton ran out emphatic 6-2 winners the last time these sides met back in August, but this proved to be a much tighter affair as both sides carved out a number of first-half chances before going in level at the break.

The visitors edged ahead on the hour mark as Leon Murphy found Dan Orsi, who headed the ball home unchallenged.

The points appeared to be heading for New Cumnock before the returning Craig Dallas grabbed a late leveller, with Clark conceding after the final whistle that a share of the spoils was a fair result for both sides.

The Gazette: Craig Dallas' late strike secured a crucial point for the FrewCraig Dallas' late strike secured a crucial point for the Frew

He said: “I thought we deserved that point. I think it would have been hard on us if we hadn’t managed to take anything from that game.

“It wasn’t the best game in and it was quite scrappy at times but I don’t think there was much in it. We hit the bar a couple of times and they had a couple of good chances too. Considering the injury list we have right now, it was probably a decent result for us.

“It also keeps our good start to the year up which I’m delighted with. When you look at the league in December after we played Auchinleck, we were sitting on just nine points. We’ve managed to put 11 points on the board since then with a few wins and some draws. That’s given us a fighting chance to stay up now which is all we could have asked for as we looked a bit adrift for a wee while. It’s going to be a dogfight right up the end now but we have given ourselves a good chance.”

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Renfrew were set to take on league leaders Hurlford this weekend at New Western Park but the Ford’s draw in their Scottish Junior Cup fifth round match with Rossvale has seen that fixture postponed.

However, with a number of injury setbacks already, Clark was quick to label the weekend off a ‘blessing in disguise’.

He said: “A weekend off will definitely help on the injury front.

“I think the weekend off will really help us – it will definitely help galvanise our squad a wee bit and give more boys the chance to get back for the following weekend now.”