Su­per Steel­men hit five past Dar­ling­ton

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS -

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.

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