By KEVIN CRAIGENS
NEWMAINS failed to put up a defence on the park – then Paul Davies admitted he couldn’t defend his side off it.
United left New Pebble Park lacking points and dignity after this hammering.
Angry co-bosses Davies and Craig Gupwell watched as United shipped five goals before the 40th minute – and things only got worse after half-time.
Davies didn’t mince his words and said: “We took this project on to make a real difference in our community and to have a team people can be proud of.
“But this performance was terrible. If it had been a boxing match it would have been stopped after 15 minutes.
“I’ve had a couple of hours to think about this performance and it was a club low for me. I’ve spent the last few weeks approaching players for next year and this result has set us back.
“The work the club is doing off the field is not being merited on the pitch. I defend players week in-week out in the local newspapers and online.
“I try to be honest with journalists and our own in-house media team. I have to face questions each week after a game and I constantly have my players’ backs.
“On this occasion I can’t defend them though. They let the club down in that performance but they also let themselves down.”
Newmains sold Paul Donaghy to Carluke Rovers earlier in the week then saw their injury list lengthen.
Davies said: “As well as missing Paul after he moved on, we were then told one of our players has had to call it a day because of his wife’s shifts.
“We also had few players out injured and are now facing another three more injury worries for this week. We have brought in a couple of players from the amateurs to help and started with a 16-year-old.
“It looks like training could be cancelled this week to allow our physio to treat players.”
Six goals from Mitchell Ewing sent Annbank on their way to victory in Ayrshire with Stevie McLelland, Jordan Ryan and Gavin Todd completing the demolition.
Newmains did pull one back just before half-time through Cammy Browning and Adam Robertson added a second in the 72nd minute but the match was well out of sight.
It was only January when Newmains beat Annbank 4-2 at Victoria Park. Yet their weaknesses were exposed during this match.
With the season soon coming to a close Davies feels there is little that can be done to improve things in the short-term but he knows things can be changed to help improve the long-term position.
He said: “The performance against Annbank was nothing short of ridiculous. I urge any player who reads this who feels they are good enough to play junior football to get in touch.”
Things don’t get any easier for United, who have six games left. This Saturday they welcome second-placed Lesmahagow, who can seal promotion with a win. Kick-off at Victoria Park is 2pm.
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