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Newmains United 3 - 2 Ardeer Thistle

NOBLE ART: Scorer Lewis Noble (Photo: Sara Paciaroni)

NEWMAINS ended their search for a league win – then Paul Davies saluted the players who made it happen.

Mikey Barton’s double and a strike from Lewis Noble saw United edge past League Two basement boys Ardeer Thistle.

That came despite co-manager Davies having to deal with late calloffs which meant he was without a massive 12 of his squad for the clash.

He has now vowed to reward those who turned up to deliver the three points – and will begin the search for others who are just as dedicated to the cause.

Davies said: “Last week’s defeat was the focal point for training this week and we had worked so hard on trying to improve. The response had been great – until midweek.

“Once again players’ commitment kicked in and we ended up with 12 players unavailable.

“Even on the day of the match I had players pulling out which was incredibly disheartening and extremely unfair on the guys who do turn up without fail every week.

“It’s these boys who I would like to pay huge credit to. They turned up and took their chance against an Ardeer side who never gave up, battled to the end and caused us problems in the second half.

“I thought for the first time in a long time we looked organised and in control of the game in spells. I’d like to take this opportunity to praise and compliment the core players we have at this club who have commitment levels which are unquestionable.

“We want players at this club who are as dedicated to the cause and to playing semi-professional football as the lads who were out on the pitch on Saturday.”

United look to continue their form when they travel to the Peugeot Stadium to face Ashfield on Saturday (kick-off 2pm)

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