By BEN BANKS
At Victoria Park
PAUL DAVIES couldn’t have spoken higher of his players at half-time against Vale of Clyde – but he was lost for words at full-time.
Newmains looked on course for victory as they stormed into a two-goal lead in the first half.
But they couldn’t weather the Vale of Clyde storm as they were blown away after the break to fall to their second league defeat.
Co-boss Davies didn’t know where to start. He said: “The guys came in at half-time 2-1 up.
“But in the second half we didn’t only not play like we did in the first half we also got deeper and deeper.
“We invited pressure onto ourselves and in the end they played around us.
“Against the likes of Ardeer and Lesmahagow we were unlucky but I can’t accept what happened against Vale of Clyde.
“I can’t describe how frustrating it is. We can go into the changing room and have a wee argument but that’s not going to help. We know how to get in front, we just need learn to keep it.”
Despite Newmains trying to learn lessons they are paying for making the same mistakes.
They were two-up before the forty-minute mark against Vale of Clyde. First Martin Hannaway scored an excellent free-kick to give them the lead.
Then William Mcglone raced through one-on-one and slotted past the oncoming keeper. From then on Newmains tried to put up the barricades but they were eventually shot down.
Vale of Clyde nicked a crucial goal before half-time then continued their siege in the second half with two killer strikes which left Newmains dead in the water again.
Davies is fed-up of the same old story and hopes for a better ending next time around.
He’s expecting big things from his new look squad and said: “It’s becoming so similar after every game. We talk about the same stuff after every match so it’s our job now to try and sort this.
“We have proved on many occasions this season we can compete with these teams and we are only getting beaten by one goal.
“Comparing that to last year it is a massive improvement but that’s not an excuse. It’s still not good enough.
“We have brought in real quality and around 14 players have joined but I now expect much more of them.”
Davies has been on the end of tougher scorelines in his career but some of those were a softer blow than Wednesday’s sickener.
He added: “Since being at Newmains we haven’t been ahead many times. We have been beaten by heavier scores.
“A game like this is a new experience for all of us. I just hope what happened against Vale of Clyde is enough to hurt the boys like I have been hurt.”