By DYLAN INGLIS
PAUL DAVIES reckons teams are struggling to weather the storm that comes with summer football.
The Newmains co-boss has seen his squad stretched to the limit with multiple players absent through holidays, injuries or working commitments.
It’s meant for a tough time for the Conference B side, who impressed during pre-season when they had most of their stars available.
Now Davies feels starting the league so early has had a negative effect.
He said: “We had a pre-season where everyone spoke really highly of us but right now we’re struggling in terms of numbers.
“The only one who has really been a stalwart in our team is Kris Jarvie. You’re talking 90 percent of the team missing 60 percent of games, which is difficult.
“We talk about summer football being a great thing but for me Wednesday nights have killed us.
“In terms of going back early people don’t take into account the effect of players going on holiday, especially when we’re just out of a pandemic and people haven’t been away for a long time.
“If things were back to normal and people were going on holidays all the time as normal I think it would be devastating.”
Mark McQuade had given Newmains an early lead against Cambuslang on Wednesday.
But a quickfire hat-trick from Rangers’ star striker Scott Williamson had the away side 3-1 up by 25 minutes.
Williamson’s fourth and another from John Gemmell had Cambuslang 5-1 ahead by the break.
Williamson added another three in the second-half to take his personal tally to seven.
Mark Fitzpatrick netted a late consolation for the Victoria Park side.
Davies added: “Scott Wiliamson, who scored seven goals, could play SPFL as far as I’m concerned. He’s that good.
“We need everybody back but I do see glimmers of hope. We’ve shown already with pre-season how we can perform with our strongest team.
“We look forward to the Scottish Cup on Saturday and getting away from the pressure of the league.
“We can enjoy the game against Dalry and hopefully a few people come along to watch.
“It’ll be a break and it’ll be something a bit fresh. Hopefully we can get the result to galvanise us again.”
Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup first round clash with Dalry kicks-off at 2.30pm at Victoria Park. Entry is £5 for adults, £2.50 for OAPs and FREE for under 16s.