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Ashfield 5 - 1 Newmains United

CRAIG GUPWELL reckons Newmains United publish some of the best content off the pitch.

Now he’s calling on some of his players to show just how much they’re up for producing the goods on it.

Once again United were hit by a spate of no-shows leaving a threadbare squad for Saturday’s McBookie West League Two clash at Ashfield.

After conceding inside 60 seconds United couldn’t get back into the game.

They fell further behind to trail 3-0 at the break but did hit back with a Craig Thomson strike before ending up on the end of a 5-1 defeat.

United’s media academy have been coming up with innovative graphics, stories, photographs, graphics and promotions.

Now co-manager Gupwell wants players who signed up to things at the start of the season to prove they’re just as committed.

United’s season has been dogged by late withdrawals Gupwell said: “Unfortunately myself and the other co-manager Paul Davies seem to be saying the same things every week so far this season.

“Once again we were let down by a raft of call offs in the build up to the match against Ashfield.

“It meant we turned up to one of the best teams in the league with just 14 players available after an unbelievable ten call-offs.

“I don’t know what we expect to achieve with the commitment levels shown by so many of the squad.

“Once again I’m here feeling sorry for the boys who turn up week in week out. It also makes me feel I need to apologise to the people off the field.

“As well as the committed volunteers we have at the club who give everything we also have the people who continually go above and beyond to produce some of the best off the field content in the junior game.

“I just wish we could begin replicating their efforts on the park more consistently.”

United next face a home clash with third-placed Johnstone Burgh this Saturday (kick-off 2pm). For details of the venue see

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