By DYLAN INGLIS
PAUL DAVIES wishes Newmains’ game with Lesmahagow had been called off after Cammy Farquhar’s horror elbow dislocation.
The Breathing Space Cup clash was delayed for 30 minutes after United goalie Farquhar went down in the first half.
With Farquhar unable to move, play eventually resumed on another pitch at Dalziel Park.
United were leading 2-1 at the time but The Gow crashed five past reserve keeper Adem Luzha while the Victoria Park also picked up more injuries.
Co-boss Davies said: “After Cammy went down the referee actually abandoned the game.
“We waited around 20 minutes as we’d been told the ambulance could take two to three hours.
“Lesmahagow suggested moving to a free pitch and the referee phoned his supervisor to see if this was permitted.
“We agreed to restart but with hindsight we should have gone with the referees’ original decision.
“We ended up with three more injured players, which I put down to the stoppage and hanging around.”
Farquhar had been one of United’s standouts in pre-season but it was clear he was in trouble in the 39th minute.
Davies said: “Cammy went to hospital with a dislocated elbow and it doesn’t look good. I think he’s going to be out for a while.
“It’s a shame because he’s been terrific. He’s probably one of the best signings I’ve ever made in football.
“He’s a terrific player with a terrific attitude and an all-round good guy to have about the place.
“To lose someone like that is very difficult.”
Before the drama in-form Kris Jarvie had given United a third minute lead from the spot.
The Gow levelled but trialist Connor Findlay restored their lead on the half hour.
But Jarvie missed a second penalty at 4-2 and a rotated United side conceded two spotkicks of their own.
Davies added: “We were missing key players. Craig Scott and Lee Nichol were out while Kris Jarvie had just arrived off a train from London.
“It was a chance for some of the fringe players to get a shot. I thought we were good value for our 2-1 lead.
“The incident obviously had an effect. Towards the end we rang the changes and that’s what resulted in the poor scoreline.”
United are back in action this Saturday against Forth Wanderers at Wishaw Sport Centre. Kick-off is 2pm, donations at the gate.