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    TV: Youths draw a blank

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    An evening with Marco Antonio Barrera

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    TV: McCall wary of siege mentality

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    TV: Hammell keen to maintain form

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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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    TV: Youths draw a blank

    Motherwell U19s drew a blank against Aberdeen, ending their run of four successive victories.

    Played on a heavy surface at Bathgate’s Creamery Park, neither team really took control of the game although Motherwell perhaps had the better chances.

    Craig Moore had Motherwell’s best chance, latching on to a midfield header and racing clear on the goalkeeper. With defenders doing their best to get back, the young striker choose to hit it from the edge of the box when taking it round the keeper may have been the better options. As it was, the shot was blocked and the chance was gone.

    Aberdeen defended in numbers but often looked dangerous on the counter attack. On two separate occasions they broke with numbers but failed to show a clinical edge in front of goal.

    At the end, neither side could grumble too much about a point. For Motherwell, although not a win to match the four previous in 2012, it continues a four-month unbeaten league run that stretches back to October and represents a hat-trick of clean sheets.

    Motherwell: Stewart, Devlin, Francis-Angol, Cummins, E.Murray, Mboa Mekongo, Hetherington, Asghar, Watt (McGachie 65mins), Moore (Leitch 76mins), Erwin

    Subs: R.Murray, Green, Brownlie

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    An evening with Marco Antonio Barrera

    Maree Promotions present an evening with boxing legend Marco Antonio Barrera in the Davie Cooper Suite this Wednesday.

    Antonio Barrera is a professional boxer who has won numerous world titles in three different weight classes; he is a former two-time WBO Super Bantamweight, WBC, Lineal, & The Ring Featherweight and WBC & IBF Super Featherweight champion.

    The Mexican ranks number 43 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers of all Time list.

    You can meet the great man and listen to the stores about his legendary career including legendary matches with Erik Morales, Naseem Hamed and Manny Pacquiao; that’s after a delicious three course meal and a auction and raffle of authentic sporting memorabilia.

    A full stocked bar is available whilst you wait for pictures with the great man himself.

    Tickets are still available online at www.mareepromotions.co.uk or telephone 07899 953543.

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    TV: McCall wary of siege mentality

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall reckons some of the Pars’ off-field issues will make them even more difficult opponents.

    The East End Park club posted notice of their intent to part-pay players’ monthly salaries in what has been a difficult few weeks for Scottish football.

    However, far from demotivating players, McCall draws on the comparison of Hearts prior to Christmas and think his Steelmen side face an altogether more difficult task when the teams meet tomorrow afternoon.

    “Our focus and preparation is exactly as it was when we came up against top-of-the-table Celtic last week,” said McCall.

    “We always focus on ourselves, I am never done saying that, but they are fighting for their lives and we have to be wary of that. Not only that, with the financial situation happening there, it can sometimes galvanise a squad.

    “Just look at Hearts when their players were having some issues with wages; they put together what has probably been their best run of the season so far.

    “They were fighting and scrapping for each other and Dunfermline, I am sure, will be no different so we are under no illusions of just how difficult tomorrow’s match is going to be.”

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    TV: Hammell keen to maintain form

    Veteran full-back Stevie Hammell is desperate for ‘Well to keep up their recent rich vein of form decent last week’s setback at Celtic Park.

    Prior to Saturday’s match in Glasgow, the Steelmen were unbeaten in seven, collecting five wins along the win and scoring twenty.

    That’s the sort of standard Hammell expects from this talented ‘Well squad but the 30-year admits they face a tough task against a Dunfermline side fighting for their lives.

    The former Scotland cap told MFC TV: “The boys are in confident mood; it wasn’t the result we were looking for last week but I thought it was a decent performance from us.

    “We have to maintain our form as much as we can to try and consolidate our place in third. As others have said, if we didn’t finish third now then I think everyone would be disappointed.

    “However, we’ve got to be wary of Dunfermline. Sometimes, when you get those sorts of off-field problems, it can bring the squad closer together and make you a more difficult opponent. But we’re in confident mood, we’re going there looking for the three points.”

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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.

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