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Newmains United 3 - 0 Ardeer Thistle

TWO GOOD: Craig Scott grabbed a double in the victory over Ardeer (Photo: Emma Gibson)

PAUL DAVIES hailed his Newmains side as they racked up three league wins in a row for the first time in three years.

A double from defender Craig Scott and a strike from Adam Robertson saw off basement boys Ardeer.

The victory followed successive triumphs against Ashfield and Saltcoats Victoria, a run United hadn’t managed since October 2015.

Co-boss Davies said: “The win was a landmark occasion for the club. We realised the importance of the game beforehand. It was by far one of our best performances.”

Ardeer had seen their management team of Del Gemmell, Gareth Armstrong and John Colligan leave the club earlier in the week.

Davies admits that had made it tougher to predict what they’d come up against but saw his side bounce back to last week’s Scottish Cup exit in perfect style.

He added: “Ardeer’s management team had left so we didn’t know what response we were going to face in terms of how their players would react.

“But Andrew MacKenzie was exceptional and took his chance in the side. Craig Scott scored two goals from centre-back which was terrific.

“Josh Anderson and Liam McCafferty made their full debuts and were outstanding.

“Adam Robertson went on and took his chance by scoring a goal which is now creating competition for places.”

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