By KEVIN CRAIGENS
NICKY-RAY WATSON has defended the progress made by Newmains on and off the park.
Lawyer Watson only joined in the summer but heard all about what life at Victoria Park was like before that.
After finishing with zero points last season they have picked up 17 points under the leadership of co-bosses Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell this term.
Saturday’s clash at home to St Anthony’s was postponed meaning they still have seven league games left.
Watson, 32, reckons it’s an open and shut case as far as how quickly things have turned around at the club.
He said: “My cousin was on loan here so I’d always kept an eye on the club’s results before I joined. I also know a few boys who have played with the team before.
“I think first of all off the park we have got a really good committee in place. The support behind the team and the sponsorships we’ve received have been really massive.
“Paul also came in to work with Guppy so that structure has really been important too. On the park there have been some quality players come in.
“The group of boys get on really well together. There are no wee cliques you get with some teams. So looking at the club from top to bottom it has been a huge change from last season.
“Earlier in the season we got new strips and training gear which Newmains haven’t had in a long time so it’s all been really positive.”
Watson thinks United were lucky to land their management duo, who have worked well together in their first season in tandem.
He added: “Paul and Guppy have been excellent. The two of them work really well and bounce off each other.
“They have got the same ideas and are putting in a lot of hard work when we’re not even training. I know they’re always having discussions trying to do their best for Newmains on and off the park.
“Both of them have been massive to what we have been doing.”
After three postponements on the bounce United hope to get back in action with a trip to New Pebble Park this Saturday for a clash with Annbank United (kick-off 2pm).