By BEN BANKS
MARC HOWSON knew Newmains weren’t the bookies favourites last week – but then watched them give the league leaders a run for their money in the first half.
Now the United skipper wants them to use that display against Lanark to help them beat the odds for the whole 90 minutes against Vale of Clyde.
Despite a threadbare squad and very little backup United matched Lanark until the break and went in with the scores still locked at 0-0.
The home side stepped things up after the restart to run out 3-0 winners but defender Howson is sure their play has boosted the group going into today’s clash at Fullarton Park.
He said: “I thought we played well against Lanark. In the first half we set out to frustrate them and we got to half-time with the game at 0-0. Our heads were up but then I think the pitch got to us and we had a few new boys playing their first game for us too. Lanark just overran us in the end.
“If you look at the bookies’ odds before the game we were never the favorites. Overall I was pleased with the performance, if not the result. It’s a positive that we can still come to the league leaders and challenge them in a game.”
Lanark hadn’t lost since August so it was always going to be a major challenge for Newmains to take anything. But their gameplan and display means Howson is convinced United can lift themselves up the League Two table.
He added: “We now have positives going into the Vale of Clyde game. We just need to look at that first half performance last week.
“If we take that into the next game I have no doubts we will have a really good performance. The result will come with it if we play as well as we did in the first half against Lanark.”