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Petershill 6 - 0 Newmains United

LOOKING GUPP: Co-boss Craig Gupwell (Photo: Graham Robb)

NEWMAINS were hit for six – but Craig Gupwell insists they were far from stumped.

United lost to West Region Championship side Petershill in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

But co-boss Gupwell reckons there were a lot more plus points to take from the clash than the scoreline suggests this time.

He said: “There are definitely positives to take from the game.

“I could moan about player commitment again – at 8pm on Thursday we were faced with the prospect of turning up to a massive Scottish Cup tie with only 11 available players.
“It meant for a hectic couple of days during which we made two new signings in time for kick-off.

“But I would like to put a positive spin on it and thank the players who were available instead.

“A few boys had been struggling with injury and game time but to a man I felt everyone put in 100 percent effort.

“In fact, over the course of the 90 minutes I can’t help but feel 6-0 slightly flattered our opponents.

“There were periods where we competed well, played some decent football and caused Petershill some problems, especially in the first half.”

Martin Lauchlan took charge of Peasy at the end of August after they were relegated from the Premiership.

They sit second bottom in the second tier but Gupwell is convinced the ex-Partick Thistle and Stenhousemuir midfielder will get them moving up the table.

Gupwell said: “I have take my hat off to the new management team at Petershill with the way they approached the game against us.

“I know Martin from when I was at Forth and he came in and took a few sessions when he was between jobs.

“The man knows the game inside out and I’ve no doubt he’ll turn Petershill’s league fortunes around.

“I’d like to wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”

United return to league duty with a clash against Lugar Bothwell Thistle this Saturday at Bothwellhaugh (kick-off 2pm).

Gupwell added: “If we can build on the performance against Petershill I’m sure we’re not too far away from turning a corner.”

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