By KEVIN CRAIGENS
THEY finished with their highest points tally since 2016 and off bottom spot for just the second time in seven years.
They scored 26 more goals and conceded 29 fewer than last season.
But Marc Howson insists there is still a lot more room for improvement at Newmains.
The Victoria Park side ended their campaign on 18 points after finishing on ZERO 12 months earlier.
Progress has been made behind the scenes too.
Yet full-back Howson was still left frustrated as a 7-0 loss to Thorniewood saw them end the season with four heavy defeats in a row.
He said: “As a defender I want to keep a clean sheet. To me we have conceded far too many goals this season.
“We now just need to try and cut them out for next year.”
Newmains didn’t do themselves any favours in the home loss to The Wood as they gifted the opposition chance after chance.
Howson said: “I can’t even describe how frustrating that game was. You come into a game feeling as if there is something there.
“It was just individual error after individual error and you can’t legislate for that. At 4-0 against Thorniewood the heads went down, the decisions didn’t go our way and before you know it you’re on the end of a hiding.
“We seem to gift teams goals and we need to constantly work to create chances for ourselves. We need to cut out the errors and go back to basics.”
Newmains had actually started brightly against Thorniewood and did have opportunities to score before the game was quickly taken away from them.
Howson believes it could have been a different game if they had taken one of their chances before going 4-0 down.
He added: “Go back to a chance where Adam Robertson could have played in Martin Janik, If he had done that and and Martin had scored it would have been 4-1.
“It then wouldn’t look quite as bad but we need to get better at those wee decisions.”