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    TV: Hollis delighted to be back

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    TV: Jenks wants to set the standard

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    ‘Well Society is half way there

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    TV: ‘Well smash six past Thistle

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    Dunfermline Tickets & Travel

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    Boot Sponsorship – There’s still time

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    Hutchinson to be banned

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    Loan Watch – Saturday 25th February

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    Winter’s in charge for Pars test

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    TV: McCall proud despite defeat

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    TV: Hollis delighted to be back

    Goalkeeper Lee Hollis has spoken of his delight at making a return to action five months after last pulling on the gloves.

    The former Airdrie United stopper was forced into hip surgery in October and has faced an agonising rehabilitation programme with club physio John Porteous.

    And, after joining in light training for the last fortnight, he managed the first forty-five minutes of Tuesday’s bounce game with Partick Thistle at Dalziel Park.

    “It’s great to be back after five-and-a-half months on the sidelines,” said Hollis.

    “Thankfully there was no niggles or problems and it feels good. There was a wee bit of nerves going into the game but, thankfully, it went well.

    “It has been a frustrating time. I felt good in pre-season but my hip was getting worse and worse and I knew I had to get it done. I started light training a few weeks ago and was getting unrelated issues but this is the first time I’ve felt completely right so hopefully that continues.”

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    TV: Jenks wants to set the standard

    Under 19s coach Bobby Jenks has called on the youths to win every game from now to the end of the season and push for second place.

    The young Steelmen are on a sensational run of form in 2012, maintaining a 100% record in both competitive and non-competitive matches.

    That has propelled the side to fourth and although Hearts’ lead at the top looks insurmountable, Jenks insists ‘Well still have hope of nabbing second spot.

    “We’ve been on a great run of form and that is testament to the hard work of Gordon Young and the fitness of the players,” said Jenks.

    “You’ll constantly here about the Turkey trip but it has played a huge part in getting the players ready both mentally and physically.

    “We’re now in a situation where the players are so full of confidence; they are just desperate for games. They fear no one and ‘bring it on’ is the motto.

    “Although winning the league is now perhaps outwith our reach, there is no reason why this side now can’t go on and play a major part in the small group at the top of the table and finish second.”

    The U19s face Aberdeen at Bathgate’s Creamery Park tomorrow afternoon – kick-off is 1pm.

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    ‘Well Society is half way there

    Chief Executive Leeann Dempster has revealed the ‘Well Society is now just over half way to achieving its initial quarter of a million revenue target.

    The Board have set a March 31st deadline to raise at least £250,000 to demonstrate the project is viable and over 250 fans have come forward to sign up already with the Steelmen are on course to create SPL history.

    Leeann said, “We’ve had a brilliant response so far but we need more fans to come along and sign up.

    “We have an evening planned this Tuesday where fans can come along and ask questions and, hopefully, join our revolution.

    “I have been asked numerous times about the financing side of things. We don’t need the full membership fee up front. We are prepared to work out one to one payment plans to suit individual needs – that’s why we are having an evening where people can come along.

    “We have one month for our fans to come out and support what we think is a brilliant initiative.”

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    TV: ‘Well smash six past Thistle

    A Motherwell reserve side edged out Partick Thistle in a nine-goal thriller at Dalziel Park this afternoon.

    The Steelmen got off to the perfect start when Lee Erwin headed home Steven Lawless’ cross from the left hand side inside the opening minute.

    Motherwell doubled their advantage twelve minutes later. Erwin’s excellent switch found Chris Humphrey hogging the right touchline. The Jamaican got past his marker before firing across the face where Bob McHugh was on hand to tuck home from close range.

    Thistle brought one back from a corner before ‘Well added a third. McHugh collected on the edge of the box and after his low shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, Erwin followed in to tuck home for his second of the afternoon.

    The visitors pulled one back again from another set-piece before Motherwell quickly restored their two goal advantage with a set-piece of their own. Ross Forbes’ curling free-kick wasn’t dealt with by the Thistle ‘keeper and McHugh was in the right place again to slam home into an empty net.

    To their credit, Thistle pulled another goal back, a lovely one two and finish by the left full-back however, Motherwell wouldn’t be outdone and two later goals sealed the victory.

    McHugh’s terrific slide-rule ball provided the assist for substitute Craig Moore who took a neat touch before firing through the legs of the outrushing keeper.

    With about eight minutes to go, McHugh completed his hat-trick, getting on the end of a Francis-Angol cross to slot home to complete the scoring.

    Motherwell: Hollis (Bradley), Green (Murray), Page, Cummins, Halsman (Francis-Angol), Carswell, Lawless, Humphrey (Watt), Forbes, Erwin (Moore), McHugh

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    Dunfermline Tickets & Travel

    Fans are reminded that tickets for this Saturday’s match with Dunfermline at East End Park are available from the ticket office.

    Tickets are priced at:

    ADULTS:   £18
    CONCESSIONS:                                              £10
    JUVENILE:   £5
    • Tickets must be purchased prior to going to the turnstiles on match day and tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the match from the Away Matchday Ticket Kiosk, located in the east end of Dunfermline’s Main Stand
    • Concessions are listed as Over 60s, U18s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Juveniles are listed as Under 12s.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION COACHES

    CENTRAL BRANCH

    The bus for Dunfermline will leave the Bentley Hotel at 1.15pm. Phone Jim on (01698) 299650 or e-mail Christopher on christopher_hutton@btinternet.com.

    WISHAW BRANCH

    The Wishaw bus to East End Park will leave at 1.15pm. To book seats please call Anne on 01698 384050/07878 062 614 or Andy on 07575 238 023 or email andysim2@sky.com.

    BELLSHILL & DISTRICT BRANCH

    The Dunfermline bus will pick up at the Fir Park Club, Motherwell at 12pm, then Carousel Bar, Bellshill at 12.10pm and finally the Holytown War Monument at 12.20pm. To book seats, contact Brian Worton on 07763 061821.

    TRAVEL

    By car

    From the Forth Road Bridge and Perth:

    Exit the M90 at Junction 3 and take the A907(Halbeath Road)into Dunfermline – the ground is on the right

    From Kincardine Bridge and Alloa:

    Take the A985 to the A994 into Dunfermline. Take Pittencrieff Street, Glen Bridge and Carnegie Drive to Sinclair Gardens Roundabout.Take the 1st exit toward the traffic lights then turn right into Ley’s Park Road.Take the second exit on the right into the Car Park at the rear of the stadium.

    Parking: There is an official Car/Coach Park at the north end of the ground. Travelling supporters may find parking on the north side of the cemetery and then walking through the cemetery the simplest solution with the fastest get away. Alternatively, you may wish to park in the town centre, which has plenty of car parks and within 10-15 minutes walking distance of the ground.

    By bus

    Dunfermline Bus Station can be accessed, via travel from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, on several services including Stagecoach services X24, X26 and X27. Thereafter travel on local services such as Stagecoach services 33 and 19A will take you to within 5 minutes walk of the stadium. Further information and timetables are available online at http://www.stagecoachbus.com/

    By train

    East End Park is within 15 minutes walk of two railway stations, the most recently opened Dunfermline Queen Margaret to the east of the town and Dunfermline Town which lies within the town centre itself and to the west of the stadium. Both stations are on the Fife circle line and are served by trains from Edinburgh Waverley.

    Further information and timetables are available online at www.scotrail.co.uk.

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    Boot Sponsorship – There’s still time

    There is still time to sponsor your favourite player’s boots or jersey for the remainder of the season, from only £200.

    As a sponsor, your name or company name will be listed in the match-day magazine and on the official club website! Your name will be announced alongside that of your chosen player if he is picked for first-team duties; fantastic exposure for any small business or as a special gift to the ‘Well fan in your life.

    At the end of the campaign, you will be invited to the annual sponsor’s evening. Mix and mingle with Motherwell stars from the past and present before your chosen player presents you with his jersey.

    The evening also includes a fabulous three-course meal, an intimate Q & A with the management team, as well as MC entertainment from Fir Park favourite, Tam Cowan.

    For more information or to sponsor a player please contact 01698 338008 or email (including your contact telephone number) commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    >> Click here to see who is still available to sponsor…

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    Hutchinson to be banned

    Shaun Hutchinson’s yellow card at Celtic Park on Saturday has taken him over the disciplinary points threshold.

    The 21-year English defender will start his one game ban from Saturday 10th March – meaning he will be forced to watch the Aberdeen match on 17th March from the stand.

    To see the latest suspension news, CLICK HERE.

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    Loan Watch – Saturday 25th February

    Four Motherwell players were involved this weekend in the Irn-Bru Second and Third Divisions.

    Ross McKinnon’s Alloa Athletic took on Jamie Pollock’s Clyde at Recreation Park. The league-leaders’ won the game with a few minutes left on the clock when Darren Young neatly converted McKinnon’s left-wing cross to record his first goal of the season.

    Pollock, making his first start for the Bully Wee after making his debut against Elgin in midweek, lasted 86 minutes before being subbed for Stephen McDonald.

    Elsewhere, Gary Smith was on the losing side as Stenhousemuir crashed 3-1 at home to Arbroath. The 20-year old grabbed a double against Airdrie the previous Saturday but was unable to prevent the Red Lichties winning courtesy of goals from Steven Doris and a Josh Falkingham double.

    The hosts did pull a goal back in the 70th minute, Stewart Kean on hand to fire home Andy Rodgers’ cross but it wasn’t enough as Stenny stay in fourth place.

    In the same division, Jordan Halsman drew 1-1 with relegation rivals Forfar at Cliftonhill. Dale Hilson put Forfar ahead inside two minutes when he struck a spectacular effort into the top-left hand corner from Christopher Templeman’s header, but the hosts levelled three minutes later.

    Halsman crossed from the right and John Gemmell connected to send a header into the roof of the net from near the penalty spot.

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    Winter’s in charge for Pars test

    Referee for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dunfermline Atheltic at East End Park is Brian Winter.

    Brian will be handling his first ‘Well game of the current season; indeed, his last time in charge of the Steelmen was ten months ago when Motherwell crashed to a disappointing 4-0 defeat to that.

    Previous to that, you have to go back a further year when he was the man in the middle for Motherwell dramatic final-day 3-3 draw with Rangers at Ibrox.

    It’ll be his tenth SPL game of the campaign, his most recent being Dundee Utd’s 0-0 draw with St Mirren two weeks ago.

    Strangely, despite being a category 1 official for nearly ten years and officiating in the SPL for six, the 44-year old has only ever taken charge of five Motherwell games in that time.

    The Steelmen have won two, drawn one and lost two of those games; nine goals have been scored whilst eleven have been conceded.

    Ten players have been cautioned, five of them wearing Claret and Amber, and three have been ordered off (two from ‘Well – David Clarkson and Jim Paterson – in the same game versus Kilmarnock at Rugby Park four seasons ago).

    Brian will be ably assisted by Andrew McWilliam and John McCrossan with Charlie Richmond on fourth official duty.

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    TV: McCall proud despite defeat

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall praised his players despite crashing to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Celtic this afternoon.

    The Steelmen played well in Glasgow, held on to the ball for long spells and, for the final 25 minutes, caused some problems in the home penalty box.

    In the end, the match was settled by a solitary Gary Hooper goal; the only real disappointment of the afternoon for the former Scotland International midfielder.

    [pullquote]We looked a good team on the ball, we got in good areas but we just didn’t have that final strike.[/pullquote]

    “To go toe to toe with a team like Celtic, with the run they are on and the players they’ve got; I took a lot of positives out of the game,” he said.

    “I was disappointed with the goal. You can accept it if you get cut open with the players Celtic have got or a long range piledriver from Ki or Mulgrew but to lose it from a throw is hard to take.

    “Having said that it would be easy to crumble like we have in the past here but I thought towards the end of the game we looked like the team that was could score without ever really testing the goalie. We had corners, we had opportunities on the edge of the box to slide people through, balls across the goal; we went right to the end.

    “We’ve not done ourselves justice at either of the Old Firm’s grounds and I thought today we did. We looked a good team on the ball, we got in good areas but we just didn’t have that final strike. To come here and get beat one nil is no disgrace. We’ll take a lot of positives from today and we look to the next game in a positive manner.”

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