GIRVAN’S new player/manager Kevin Biggart lasted just 38 minutes before being red-carded for apparently elbowing an opponent as the pair went for an in-air ball in a 0-0 draw with Hurlford, writes Bob Burgess.
And chairman Tam McCreadie believes if Girvan had kept 11 men on the pitch they could have secured the full points instead of the single that leaves them still helping to prop up the league.
He told the Gazette: “We gained a point but if Kevin had not been sent off, I am pretty certain that we would have won the match.
“The incident happened close to the Hurlford dugout. It was a soft challenge in the air and the Hurlford bench actually thought it was their man who would be sent off.
“A point away from home is good but it means we fall to second bottom place again.”
John Bradford, who was carrying an injury, was replaced by Harvey after just five minutes and four minutes later the substitute got on the wrong side of a borderline offside decision as he looked for the opener.
With 14 minutes gone, Tommy Maitland saw his shot rebound off the crossbar and cleared.
But Girvan had a narrow escape on the 24-minute mark when a cross caught their defence napping and they escaped only when the attacking forward headed wide.
Shortly after Biggart had been given his marching orders, Michael O’Connor broke from his own half but his shot from 18 yards went wide.
Girvan fought hard to get in front. Substitute Lee McCrae‘s 22-yard shot on 62 minutes was comfortably saved and, seven minutes later, Stuart Peacock connected to an Alan Love cross but his attempt failed to find the net.
In the closing five minutes, Hurlford turned on the pressure and one attempt struck the post and, when the ball was only partly cleared, the second bid struck the bar before being safely cleared.