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Barton: We need to know the score

SOLE GOAL: Mikey Barton says Newmains have to learn to kill off teams (Photo: Emma Gibson)




MIKEY BARTON reckons Newmains need to find their shooting boots if they’re to fire themselves up the league.

The midfielder bagged United’s equaliser against Saint Anthony’s on Saturday.

But it counted for nothing after Shaun Gallacher’s winner 12 minutes from time.

Co-manager Paul Davies believes the club – who failed to win a point last term – is good enough to finish in the top half of West Region League Two.

But Barton insists everyone needs to be more clinical in front of goal if they’re to achieve that.

He said: “The game against Saint Anthony’s didn’t go to plan and we expected a lot more from it.

“We had a few chances we should have put away, including one that fell to myself.

“The defence was solid, the midfield was good and we were playing some really attractive football at times.

“Everyone played well so I think you can only put it down to us not taking our chances.

“We know we can go out and hurt teams but it’s just about staying focused and taking the breaks when they come to you.

“We really need to be clinical at this level if we want to be successful.”

Former Lanark AFC ace Barton’s strike was his fourth of the season and moved him level with William Mcglone at the top of the club scoring charts

But the 22-year-old insists he can still do more to help propel the club up the league table.

He said: “I feel I’ve been doing okay so far this season but I think I could maybe give that wee bit extra. Maybe we all could.

“I am joint top scorer at the minute but I know I could have had a few more goals which can be annoying at times.

“If we can start taking those chances we can put games to bed and start moving up the table which is where we want to be.

“The squad had been on a good run after winning three in a row. Now we need to get back to that and be consistent.

“We are more than capable of finishing top of the mid-table I think – and I feel the boys believe that as well.

“We have come a long way since last season and we are only going to get stronger as time goes on.”