Newburgh travelled to BeechwoodPark in Dundee on Saturday to face Lochee Harp and kept their promotion chase on track with a 1-1 draw.
On the 24th minute a Spence run was halted inside the box by a poor tackle leaving the ref no option other than to award a penalty.
Chris McLeish converted the spot kick to giveNewburgh the lead.
The home side grabbed an equaliser five minutes after the break when poor defending from a corner allowed the Ramsay time to turn in the box and smash a shot over the line.
Lochee enjoyed their best spell in the game and pushed Newburghback, bringing goalkeeper Houston into play several times over a ten minute period.
Lochee were reduced to 10 men after 68 minutes when McBride was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Possession was now very much in Newburgh’s favour but they could not convert any of this to goals with Honeyman and Finlay coming close without managing to convert pressure into goals.
Manager Nicoll was disappointed, feeling that his side did not perform to their capabilities.
He said: “I am really disappointed that we didn’t really turn up today.
“Harp are an honest old fashioned junior side and really gave us problems at home earlier this season so I knew we had to be on our best game as every fixture is vital for us at this stage of the season”.
“We need to file the game away and move on to next week where we face a Forfar side on top of their game at the moment.
“They are on a run of nine straight wins so we really need to up our performance levels.”
Forfar West currently sit four points ahead of Newburgh in the second promotion place having played two more games than the ‘Burgh.
Kick off at East ShorePark on Saturday is at 2.40p.m.
Newburgh - Houston, D Gray, Ritchie, Ferguson, Davidson, R Gray, Elder (Harris 62), McLeish, Finlay, Spence (Harris 62), Jones
Subs - Moon, Smith.