Too much turkey costs New­mains

Wishaw Press - - DISTRICT NEWS -

NEW­MAINS 0-3 SALTCOAT VICS Craig Gup­well watched New­mains get stuffed – then blamed it on his play­ers en­joy­ing too much turkey.

Ten-men United col­lapsed against Salt­coats on a day to for­get for the home side.

Co-boss Gup­well was left to won­der if his stars had taken their eye off the ball over the fes­tive pe­riod.

Gup­well said: “The boys have ob­vi­ously en­joyed their Christ­mas time a bit too much.

“We went three weeks with­out a game, came back last week and it looks as if the boys haven’t met each other.

“We were never in the game from the off. There was only go­ing to be one win­ner.

“One team turned up to win and they took the three points and fully de­served to do so.”

De­spite sev­eral at­tempts to score on a heavy pitch, United couldn’t con­vert against the Seasiders.

Sean Tag­gart had fired wide early on but Salt­coats seized on Marc How­son’s slip to take the lead on 37 min­utes.

The vis­i­tors dou­bled their lead five min­utes af­ter the restart yet New­mains re­fused to buckle and still cre­ated chances.

They just couldn’t get the rub of the green.

David Ross’ shot looked des­tined for the net but struck the grounded Tag­gart and How­son’s cor­ner was inches away from go­ing di­rectly in.

Mo­ments later Tag­gert – al­ready on a book­ing – was late with a tackle which saw him land a sec­ond yel­low.

That turned an al­ready dif­fi­cult ask into an even tougher task and United could only look on help­lessly as Salt­coats wrapped things up with their third goal in the fi­nal minute.

Gup­well said: “We got over­ran. The other team was stronger than us, fit­ter than us and faster than us.

“The pitch was poor for both teams so we can’t use that as an ex­cuse.

“One team man­aged to cope with it and the other didn’t.”

United will take a break from the league this Satur­day when they host East Kil­bride This­tle in the sec­ond round of the Ardagh Group West of Scot­land Cup.

League One This­tle have only lost one of their last seven games although five of those games have ended in draws.

The clash is an ear­lier 1.30pm start and Gup­well added: “We’ve got East Kil­bride next in the cup so that will take away some of the pres­sure of the league.

“Hope­fully we can get a pos­i­tive re­sult but it’s go­ing to take some hard work on the train­ing ground to do that.”

So close David Ross’ shot is blocked by Sean Tag­gart (Pic­ture by Emma Gib­son)

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