By Josh Kane
Paul Davies hopes the defeat to West Calder acts as a wakeup call to Newmains United’s players.
The pre-season clash against the East South Division side had been seen as a test against a similar standard of opposition after defeats to teams higher up the previous week.
Clawing a goal back early in the second half showed some desire but ultimately the 3-1 loss reflected the performance.
United’s next clash is their League Cup section opener against Carluke Rovers on Saturday and co-boss Davies insists standards must improve.
He said: “It was unacceptable. We came to the game thinking we knew our first team and our strongest 11 then we go out in the first half and capitulate.
“We just folded into ourselves. Maybe we thought we would come here and win the game.
“The boys are feeling down. They are hurting. We are all hurting. Even though this is pre-season I told them before the game our season started with this game.
“We have previously played stronger opposition and it is hard to judge where you are at when that happens.
“But we played a team in West Calder that was younger, hungrier and wanted it more than us.”
In their third and final runout of pre-season Newmains were on the back foot from the off with West Calder hitting the post inside the first three minutes.
Although United kept the scoreline at bay the home side had a string of chances which could have put them out of sight.
The breakthrough came on 20 minutes with West Calder’s Andrew Kennedy cutting inside from the left and firing a low shot into the bottom right hand corner.
The second came just before halftime with a low cross knocked in from close range from the Calder full back.
After making four changes at half-time Newmains raced out the traps and pulled a goal back through new centre-half signing Craig Scott.
The strike sparked some momentum into the side but it wasn’t enough as Newmains conceded another on the hour.
Skipper David Ross saw red for dissent near the end of the game to sum up a frustrating afternoon.
Davies did take some positives from the clash though. He added: “At half time we altered our shape by making four changes and I think we got a bit of a reaction in the second half.
“I thought big Craig Scott and the two centre-halves were brilliant in the second half so that’s important to remember.
“We need to take some positives from this as at times I thought we played really well.”