By Ben Banks
DAVIE ROSS can feel the weight of wearing the armband on his shoulders.
But he’s ready to shoulder the responsibility to the full when Newmains kick-off their league campaign tomorrow.
Skipper Ross will lead the newlook side into battle against Ardeer Thistle in their McBookie.com West Region League Two opener.
United come into the game in Stevenston on the back of three defeats in the League Cup sections.
But Ross reckons they are close to clicking – and has vowed to set the example from the moment things get underway in Ayrshire at 2pm tomorrow afternoon.
He said: “I feel good. Being captain is a big weight on my shoulders but I’ll handle it.
“We didn’t want to go into the first game with three defeats but we hope we can create a positive in the form of three points on Saturday.
“We are looking forward to the new season. We’ve played three good teams in Carluke Rovers, Lesmahagow and Lanark this week.
“The scorelines possibly don’t reflect our performances as I thought the guys did really well. If we can begin to get some goals we can hopefully push for three points.”
United lost 5-0 in their final section match against Lanark in what proved to be a game too far.
It was their third match in just five days and the heavy gametime eventually took its toll.
But Ross – whose vice-captain is Martin Hannaway (pictured) – reckons they have looked beyond the scoreline and said: “It probably wasn’t a 5-0 game. The boys worked hard and we put everything we could into the game.
“Tiredness kicked in towards the final stages so the result isn’t a true reflection of the game.
“We have taken a lot of positives from the last three games in the cup so there is a lot to be optimistic about.”
Newmains had worked hard in the opening stages of the clash at Moor Park. In fact they were arguably the better team and created the better of the chances early on.
But then Lanark hit them with a sucker punch from a free-kick before adding a quickfire second.
The longer the game went the more effort was overridden by fatigue and United simply couldn’t keep up with the speed of the things.
That saw Lanark accelerate away from them with three goals in the final 20 minutes.
Ross added: “It was a tough one to take. I thought we were positive after the first half coming into the second half.
“Even though we conceded some goals and made a few mistakes we were positive about the second half.
“We thought if we got an early goal we could push on from that but tiredness kicked in. Four games in seven days is a lot of football and that showed late on.”