Super Steelmen hit five past Darlington
Motherwell continued their winning ways in pre-season with a comfortable 5-1 win over Darlington.
New signing Danny Johnson bagged his second goal in as many friendlies as the visitors stormed to a 2-0 lead within seven minutes.
Cédric Kipré’s opener from inside the six-yard box was followed up by Johnson’s stunning volley at Blackwell Meadows, as‘Well asserted their control over the National League North opposition.
Scotland Under-21 international Allan Campbell made it three before half time with a neat finish on the bounce, placing the ball beyond Darlington’s keeper.
The hosts pulled one back thanks to a neat finish from Harvey Saunders, who got the better of Aaron Taylor-Sinclair before prodding neatly past Trevor Carson eight minutes after the restart.
Stephen Robinson made a number of changes midway through the second half, with 17-year-old James Scott among those to be introduced.
Ryan Bowman capped off the friendly with a neat lob to make it 4-1. The striker latched on to Carl McHugh’s header which looped over the Darlington defence before being helped on by the English striker.
Youngster Scott wrapped up proceedings with just seconds to go, cutting in from the left at pace and fizzing a low effort in to the far corner.
Speaking after the game, assistant Keith Lasley said getting minutes under the belt was more important than the victory for the side.
He said:“The biggest thing is the minutes, the fitness and getting that under their belts.
“It was an exercise in fitness and working on a few things.
“The majority got 60 minutes which is good to get that under the belt, a couple got 90 minutes as well in there which is great.
“We know what the goal is, which is to get as prepared as we can be for that first game against Edinburgh.”
Up next for the Steelmen is Dunfermline tomorrow, as Robinson’s men look to continue their strong pre-season form.