One of only two games across the West Region fixture list to be given the go-ahead on Saturday, Yoker’s match against Newmains survived an early morning pitch inspection to beat the freeze, with the Whe Ho running out comfortable 3-1 winners.

An own goal and second-half efforts from Gregor Cree and Scott Miller were enough for the Holm Park side to secure the points.

Yoker went ahead seven minutes in thanks to a fortuitous own goal from the Wishaw side before going on to dominate a one-sided first 45.

The visitors pulled one back moments after the break but that only served to provoke Tommy Montgomery and Peter McKenna’s side with Gregor Cree quickly restoring their lead.

Yoker carved out and ultimately squandered a numerous chances against the League Two strugglers before eventually adding a third with 25 minutes remaining thanks to Scott Miller.

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With the other six matches in the division falling victim to the weather, the Whe Ho were able to close some ground on second place Muirkirk and leaders Vale of Leven.

And while co-manager Montgomery was pleased with maximum points, he has urged his side to develop a more clinical side in front of goal.

“It was important once it was on that we got the win with the other teams around us all off - and we did just that,” he said.

“It was a fairly comfortable 3-1 victory in difficult conditions so I can’t have any complaints with that side of things.

“The only downside is that we’re still lacking a bit of ruthlessness and missing too many chances.”

Weather permitting, Yoker will make the trip down to Ayrshire this weekend to take on second bottom Saltcoats Victoria.

Monty added: “Saltcoats have been struggling recently and are down near the bottom of the table, but you just never know what to expect and can’t take anything for granted when going down to Ayrshire.”

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