Colony Park gave their chances of McBookie.com Superleague survival a real boost with an excellent victory over Culter at Crombie Park.
With the game still goalless, the home team were reduced to 10 men after 26 minutes when Nicky Gordon tangled with Park’s Andy Bisset.
The defender fell on top of the striker who appeared to push him away with his feet and was rewarded with a straight red.
Minutes later, the visitors went in front after a quickly taken throw-in by Marc Young saw Stewart McKay cross for Greg Dorrit to head home for the only goal of the first half.
On the hour mark, Young doubled Colony Park’s advantage when he controlled the ball on the halfway line, ran forward before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the net.
Young was again involved in number three – in a breakaway following a Culter free- kick – he released Calvin Roddie, who made no mistake.
A delighted player-manager Richard Davidson, who missed the game through suspension, will not be planning for next season until he definitely knows what division the club will be playing in.
“That was a massive three points for us but until we know we’re safe, we can’t really speak to the players I would like to sign and those I want to retain.”
Newburgh Thistle need to win at home tonight against Culter and then against Stonehaven in their final outing to avoid the play-offs assuming Dufftown pick up sufficient points from their remaining five games.
But Richard is taking nothing for granted.
“We’ve really enjoyed the last two seasons and we want to stay in the Superleague but there’s been some really unexpected scorelines recently with some teams having not much to play for and others, like ourselves, battling for survival.
“We’ve a core group of players who will stick with us whatever league we’re in and I’ve a very understanding committee and there’s a bit of honesty between them and myself.
“I suppose I really should be planning now but I do want to know what division we will be playing first.
“The players aren’t training now and I just hope they stay in good shape should we be involved in the play-offs. It’s been a long season and they need a break.”