By DYLAN INGLIS
BILLY McGHIE enjoyed taking the team – he just wishes Newmains had played more like one in the second half.
With co-bosses Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell unavailable McGhie stepped up from his role as coach to take the reins against Ashfield on Saturday.
But a disappointing second-half meant his side lost out in the north of Glasgow.
An end-to-end first half saw United go into the break immediately after Mark Fitzpatrick had pulled the deficit back to a single goal.
Whilst McGhie was impressed with the display in the opening 45 he admits some players began to lose discipline as the match went on.
He said: “I really enjoyed taking the team. I’ve worked with other teams with Paul before where I’ve taken over at times when he was unavailable.
“We set up a formation to take the game to Ashfield. The boys did really well first-half – they were disciplined and did everything I asked them to.
“We were playing really well and were probably the better side then but in the second-half that discipline was lost a bit.
“We keep going back to playing as individuals again instead of as a solid unit – which is a bit down-heartening at times.”
Goals from Sean Doherty and Bradley Rodden had put the hosts two ahead before Fitzpatrick – on loan from Thorniewood – grabbed his first in Newmains colours.
That inspired some hope going into the interval but Rodden’s second and strikes from Chris and Nicholas McLaughlin saw Ashfield make it five with 15 minutes left.
Jamie Henderson pulled one back for United but Nicholas McLaughlin completed his brace to restore the four-goal advantage late on.
McGhie added: “The first-half really gave us some optimism but it’s just disappointing we have individuals going away from the gameplan.
“It just feels like some players tried to play for themselves individually. We just shoot ourselves in the foot at times.
“We’re constantly giving teams goals from our own mistakes and it’s something we’re going to have to get out of our game quickly.”
Newmains are back in action on tonight when Cambuslang Rangers visit Victoria Park. Kick-off is 7pm with entry £5 for adults, £2.50 for OAPs and FREE for under 16s.