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Goodwin hails Ashfield ticket gesture

GOOD CALL: New Newmains United vice-chairman David Goodwin

DAVID GOODWIN reckons Ashfield have proved Scottish football can work together.

Newmains United’s final League Two game of the season would have been at Saracen Park last Saturday.

The Field have recently signed up to the Donate A Ticket fundraising scheme, which lets fans make pledges to the equivalent of a ticket if a game had gone ahead.

But they have now passed on three quarters of the cash they earned to United to help cover the costs of the recent vandalism at Victoria Park.

While the senior game is dogged by political infighting, vice-chairman Goodwin thinks the gesture is a sign of the solidarity down the divisions.

He said: “As a club we can’t thank Ashfield enough for their kind offer.

“Every little helps in these trying times and to have a fellow junior team get in touch with us off their own backs through Ryan Dakhil saying they would like to do this is really heart-warming.

“Sadly the vandalism at the club is a very regrettable situation but Ashfield’s actions have shown the good in the game.”

Saturday’s clash would have also been United’s last as a juniors team. But they will meet Ashfield again next season after being drawn in Conference B of the new West of Scotland League setup.

Goodwin added: “In normal circumstances we would have preferred to have played Saturday’s game for real.

“Unfortunately that wasn’t the case – and there are a lot more important challenges facing the world right now than football.

“But when we resume we look forward to meeting Ashfield on the football pitch once more and getting the opportunity to thank them personally for what they have done.

“In the meantime I’d like to wish everyone well and for people to stay safe in these difficult times.”