Ten man Chirnside secured a hard fought victory over fellow title challengers Newtown with a late goal at Comrades Park on Saturday.
Chirnside, with a few missing, had to draft in Colts players Lugget, Condy, Wood and Hannan to the squad. The home side made a positive start and Morrison put a header just wide from a Strachan corner. Up the other end Lugget did well to get down and tip a Hastie shot round the post.
Windram then had the next opportunity of the game but he scooped a half volley over the bar from a few yards out. Chirnside missed the game’s best chance when Condy’s effort was cleared off the line with the goal at his mercy.
Hastie was causing the home defence a few problems and he had another effort well saved by Lugget in the Chirnside goal.
The opening goal of the game came on the half hour mark when teenager Wood making his debut rose the highest to nod home a corner from Armstrong.
Ten minutes into the second half and Chirnside were reduced to ten men when Purves was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Manager Blaikie brought on Hannan to replace Wood in a bid to shore up the midfield.
Newtown looked to make that extra man count and Chirnside held them out until the 75th minute when Scott was allowed to run unopposed from inside his own half and he stroked a left foot shot from the edge of the box into the corner of the net.
The visitors were now looking for the winner and they had a header come back off the crossbar but Chirnside held out and with five minutes to go Windram hit home what proved to be the winner. Initially he was well tackled by Gill but he managed to win the ball back to hit home the winner.
They could have scored another in injury time with a three on one but indecision let the away defence get back and clear the ball.