UPHILL STRUGGLE

Whitletts Victoria 1 Girvan 1

supersub Craig Harvey salvaged a point for the Seasiders on Friday night as Girvan dropped valuable points in the promotion race.

Harvey’s goal ten minutes from time cancelled out James Davidson’s first half opener.

The game itself was spoiled by a strong blowing wind that caused Girvan problems in the first half and Whitletts in the second.

However, out the two sides, Brian McLuckie’s men coped better and will certainly feel aggrieved not to have come away with all three points.

Former Girvan man Raymond Buchanan caused havoc at Whitletts setpieces and they opened the scoring when he lost his marker Stuart Peacock and cushioned his header towards the unmarked Davidson six yards out and he blasted home past Keith Ross.

Kevin Biggart went close with a free-kick from 25 yards after Neal Gilmour was cynically brought down by Buchanan after 35 minutes.

Biggart’s effort was the closest his side came to equalising in the first half, but they completely dominated the second half with the wind at their backs.

Vics retreated further and further into their own half as the match went on, desperately trying to hold on to their single goal advantage.

But it really came as no surprise when Harvey finally managed to fire home the equaliser with ten minutes to go.

However, they were unable to find a winner and now face an uphill struggle to finish in the top two.

Girvan now have to win their three remaining games to have any chance of bagging the second automatic promotion place.

Away to Shotts on Saturday, they have rivals Ashfield also away from home and Renfrew and Hamilton Park.

Ashfield have played the same amount of games as Girvan but they are four points better off and strong favourites to make the second promotion spot their own, meaning McLuckie’s men are realistically chasing down third spot and a promotion play-off against the third bottom side in the Premier League.

The two points dropped on Friday effectively ruled them out of the running for second place.

Meanwhile, the Hamilton Park club could be in line for a financial windfall in the summer, with former hitman Michael Moffat reportedly a signing target for SPL side St Mirren.

Girvan would be due a percentage of the fee Ayr receive from the Buddies, should they make their move. Moffat’s goals have been a huge miss for the Seasiders since his move to Somerset Park at the start of the year.