Top of the table Penicuik Athletic Reds could only manage a 0-0 draw at Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts. It could though be seen as a point gained considering they had to play most of the match with ten men.
Sometimes in league winning campaigns points gained from tough away games can be vital, and if Penicuik win Division Three by one point they will not be complaining.
Athletic started the game like league leaders, passing the ball about well and controlling the first fifteen minutes.
Calein Ryan, Jake Grandison, and Rhys MacKenzie looked to dictate play for them and Lewis Allan was a threat down the left.
Gala though had the first opening. Lee Macrae’s skill took him through but he took too long to get his shot away and Robert Stevenson got out quickly to block.
The turning point came on sixteen minutes. Jack Forrester was sent off for his second booking within a minute and his side had 64 minutes to play a man short.
Grandison moved back in to centre half to fill the gap and made a good blocking tackle after more silky play by Macrae.
Allan went down the wing on two occasions at the other end but he could not generate enough power on his shots.