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STATS LIFE: Thorniewood United

Graphic by Craig Scott

NEWMAINS’ next opponents come from an area famous for its football icons.

But United will hope Thorniewood haven’t taken too much inspiration from the likes of Jimmy Johnstone and John Robertson ahead of the crunch tie later today.

Johnstone and Robertson were both crowned European Cup winners with Celtic and Nottingham Forrest respectively.

Another former Hoops forward George McCluskey also comes from nearby and even spent a year on loan with The Wood as a young kid.

Lisbon Lion Johnstone has a football academy in his memory which is based just a ten-minute walk from the club’s home ground Robertson Park.

Thorniewood - bossed by Jamie Nesbitt - have had mixed fortunes in their opening two West of Scotland League games.

They narrowly lost 1-0 at Ardeer Thistle on the opening day before beating one of the favourites to win the division Renfrew 3-2 in a thrilling clash.

United co-bosses Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell will be hoping to stop their opponents making it two victories on the bounce.

Gupwell and fellow defender Craig Scott will be unavailable through suspension after the pair were sent off against Royal Albert.

Newmains will go in search of their first win to add to the point picked up in that clash during midweek.

Despite being down to nine men for most of the second half United felt desperately unlucky not to take all three points and will be itching to put things right with a win today.

The match kicks-off at Victoria Park at 2pm. Entry is £5 adults, £2.50 OAPs and FREE for under-16s.

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