High hopes at Car­luke de­spite cup exit

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Ud­dingston ........... 4 Car­luke FC ............ 2 Car­luke man­ager Paul Davies watched on as his new-look side crashed out of the Chal­lenge Cup.

But he reck­ons their sec­ond-half per­for­mance proves they’ll make an im­pact this sea­son.

Davies dished out eight de­buts only to see the Co­bras trail Ud­dingston by 3-0 at the break.

But they struck twice in the sec­ond half through Ryan Kells and Wil­liam McGlone to leave boss Davies full of hope for the fu­ture.

He said:“De­spite the de­feat it feels like a new era at the club.

“We de­cided we needed to change things at the club and stay true to our phi­los­o­phy.

“We’ve not had a game for a few weeks so I de­cided to use that time to bring in young play­ers who are hun­gry and com­mit­ted.

“As well the eight new play­ers, there were three who had only played a cou­ple of times.

“With a squad of 20 play­ers to choose from this week, there’s now com­pe­ti­tion for places.

“It was re­fresh­ing to see the young lads take to the pitch.

“We did find it dif­fi­cult in the first half but we were a dif­fer­ent team in the sec­ond half.

“We grew in con­fi­dence, won it 2-1 and now we’re look­ing for­ward to the next game.”

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