A late Wes Fletcher goal sealed a 2-1 win for the Steelmen over Sligo Rovers tonight.
The Fir Parkers made the best possible start when Dom Thomas swept the team into the lead after eight minutes.
However, the home side were soon level through Keith Ward and it stayed that way until virtually the last kick of the ball when summer recruit Wes Fletcher slotted home his second goal of pre-season.
Ian Baraclough, back at the scene of his greatest managerial achievements, started with a trialist ‘keeper, Law, Laing, McManus and Hammell. A midfield four of Thomas, Leitch, Cadden and Johnson with Moult and Clarkson leading the line.
And the visitors made a strong start, Clarkson stinging the palms of Richard Brush before Johnson and Hammell combined on the left flank but a low searching ball wasn’t converted.
However, it wouldn’t be long before ‘Well got their noses in front. Clarkson and Moult combined on the edge of the area. The former was afforded too much time inside the area and he picked out Dom Thomas who swept home from eight yards.
The lead would last just four minutes thought when the Bit O’ Red levelled with their first attempt of the match. Jack Leitch conceded what could only be described as a very soft foul on the edge of the area. Keith Ward was in no mood for mercy, as he curled home a beauty to level things up.
Although pegged back, it was ‘Well who were creating all the chances. Clarkson almost went through one-on-one after a loose back pass, but Brush was out and cleared his line.
Eight minutes later and Clarkson had another shot saved by the keeper, following by a Johnson shot, which was again stopped by Brush.
The second half started much in the same way the first ended, with ‘Well creating chances. Clarkson teed up Thomas with a terrific through ball but with Moult the better option, the winger took on the shot but it was saved by Brush.
Clarkson passed up another chance when Johnson set up him with a nice square cross only to turn the shot wide of target, Thomas shot straight at Brush and sub Wes Fletcher’s first touch was a low drive well held by the Sligo keeper.
Another sub, Craig Moore, was quickly involved in the action when he fired a shot straight at the goalkeeper and then headed an Ainsworth free-kick over.
More chances came and went, Laing had a header saved, McManus fired wide from distance and Moore hit the bar from 35-yards when his attempted lob was palmed onto the frame of the goal by the recovering keeper.
However, with virtually the last touch of the match, ‘Well levelled. Ainsworth collected on the edge and when he unleashed a low effort, the keeper could only push it towards Wes Fletcher who kept his composure to slot home.
Mothewell: Trialist, Hammell (Chalmers), Laing, McManus, Law (Watt), Johnson (Moore), Cadden (Pearson), Leitch, Thomas (Ainsworth), Moult (Fletcher), Clarkson (McDonald)