KILSYTH Rangers picked up a vital three points on Saturday with a narrow victory over fellow promotion-chasers Thorniewood United.
The Duncansfield side are now only three points off the summit in their quest to return to the Super League First Division at the first time of asking.
Assistant manager Martin Mooney said: “Saturday was a very big game for us. We spoke about it beforehand and, if we didn’t get three points, we would really have been chasing because Neilston would’ve gone above us and Thorniewood and St Anthony’s could’ve started to run away with it.
“I thought it was a good performance, we held on well for the win in the end. We were saying to the players to try and get a second goal and just settle down but it didn’t come.”
Rangers survived a late scare when a Thorniewood penalty was saved by Duke with only four minutes to go.
The win means Rangers are in pole position to not only challenge for one of the two promotion spots, but also for the title.
Mooney added: “This time of the season it’s about results, it’s getting to the business end of it now. So, if we are beating the sides that are battling for it, then I think we’ve got a great chance. I think it’ll go all the way but it’s vital that we keep our home form going.
“Promotion is one thing but, if we are there or there abouts, we’ll have a chance to win the league as well. That would be great – it’s not often you win a league title so it’s something to aim for.”
Next up for Kilsyth is another home tie against Shettleston. The last time the two met was on the opening day of the season, when Rangers emerged with a 1-0 victory.
Mooney added: “I’m glad we’ve got another home game. I don’t know too much about other club’s pitches but our’s here is one of the best I’ve seen all season so it’ll let us play the way we like to.”
Meanwhile Cumbernauld United were soundly beaten 3-0 by title-hopefuls Girvan at the weekend.
It leaves the Guy’s Meadow side sitting second bottom of the Super League First Division. They face East Kilbride Thistle at home this weekend.