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SHOT STUFF; Stewart backs players to hit goal trail next time.

Byline: Ally Graham

Arthurlie gaffer Sandy Stewart has backed his misfiring troops to up their game and seal a spot in the next round.

Ian Nimmo put the visitors in front before a James Marks equaliser set up a fifth-round replay at Newtown Park.

Stewart watched his side squander plenty of chances but knows they are capable of making them count to seal a place in the last eight.

He said: "On another day we could have scored three or four which was disappointing but the players battled back well after going a goal behind.

"It was difficult playing on a heavy surface but we were the better side overall. We know it will be difficult at their place next week but after dominating for long spells we should be going there with a lot of confidence.

"If we take our chances, which I know we can do, we'll be fine."

The home side were first to threaten when Steven Gallagher headed inches over after five minutes.

Bo'ness midfielder Lee Duffy then showed superb reactions to clear a shot from Marks the line.

But despite starting on the back foot it was the visitors who broke the deadlock when Nimmo curled a stunning 30-yard free-kick low into the bottom corner.

Lie's best chance of the half fell to Paul Stewart but he sliced wide from six yards when it looked easier to score.

The BU's could have added a second after the break when Stevie Reilly's long ball fell for John Stewart but his effort was tipped away by Keith Ross.

Just as it looked like their luck was running out the Barrhead men hit an equaliser 19 minutes from time.

Paul Stewart's shot from 10 yards was tipped on to the post by keeper Scott Christie and Marks was lurking to stab home from close range.

Bo'ness boss Paul Ronald said: "I thought with our strong defence we could have held on but I suppose a draw was fair."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 19, 2012
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