Renfrew co-manager Colin Clark was delighted to see his team grind out an ugly win at Victoria Park on Saturday.

The Frew battled back from two down against Irvine Victoria, thanks to goals from Ciaran Diver, Bob Campbell and Corey Pearson.

The windy conditions made life difficult for both teams, although the hosts struck early through Jonny Baxter.

Renfrew defender David McCallum then headed the ball into his own net to leave the visitors facing an uphill battle.

But Clark’s side responded well, with Diver starting the comeback when his header from a corner clipped the underside of the bar before finding the net.

Vics defender David Smith was shown his second yellow midway through the second half as the hosts were reduced to ten men, with Campbell then stepping up and firing the resulting free-kick into the far corner to level the score.

The wind, momentum and extra man was with Renfrew and Pearson added their third minutes later with a well-placed shot.

That strike proved to be decisive.

Clark told Gazette Sport: “The elements were horrific for football.

“I said to them before the game to make the most of the set-pieces because it was so windy – and we’ve scored two goals from them.

“It wasn’t a game for silky football, it was about doing the basics well and making the most of your set-pieces.

“We showed great character and resilience to come back.”

Meanwhile, after a Scottish Lowland Football League statement confirmed talk was underway to create a West of Scotland league at tier six of the Senior pyramid, Clark revealed such a move might come too quickly for the Frew.

He said: “Teams are going to need to invest in floodlights and doing up their ground when we’ve already got all this.

“We’ve not got the budget, though. It’s maybe not in the pipeline for us just now.”

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