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    National call-ups for ‘Well youngsters

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    Moult: Focused on fitness

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    Dom Thomas departs

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    TV: Highlights from Barrow

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    Robinson: We’ve still got work to do

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    Barrow 1 – 0 Motherwell

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    2017/18 home kits on sale

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    TV: Highlights from Gateshead

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    Robinson: Not focusing on result

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    Gateshead 3 – 2 Motherwell

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    National call-ups for ‘Well youngsters

    Four Motherwell youngsters have been called up to the Scotland under-16s squad for an International Tournament at the end of the month.

    Robbie Hemfrey, Adam Kettings, Reece Mcalear and Cole Starrs have all earned themselves a national call-up following their performances in claret and amber. Only Celtic have more representatives in the squad, a vindication of the excellent work going on with the club’s Elite Academy.

    Coach Brian McLaughlin has named a 20-player squad for the Tournament being held at Oriam and the Forthbank Stadium from July

    Scotland will welcome Qatar, England and Uruguay between 25-29 July as part of a programme which is aimed at providing players with valuable international experience.

    The squad, born in 2002 or later, will also travel to Poland in September for two friendly matches before participating in the Victory Shield in Northern Ireland.

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    Moult: Focused on fitness

    ‘Well forward Louis Moult catches up with MFC TV’s Lewis Irons ahead of competitive football getting back underway.

    The 25-year-old striker, who is well on the way to recovering from injury, looked ahead to the campaign as he attended the Motherwell FC Community Trust cheque presentation from Cash for Kids at Fir Park.

    And with his future in the media spotlight, the Motherwell number 9 addressed those rumours as well as discussing his fitness.

    [pullquote]I’ve got a year left on my contract and in terms of myself I’ll still give 100% as I always do as long as I’m here, I’ll try and score as many goals as I possibly can because this club has been fantastic to me.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I want to play every game, of course I do, but I may not be at the level of fitness to start at the moment.

    “First and foremost I just want to train and get fit, and I’ll be a relieved man if I am training with the boys come Monday.”

    He added: “I’ve got a year left on my contract and in terms of myself I’ll still give 100% as I always do as long as I’m here, I’ll try and score as many goals as I possibly can because this club has been fantastic to me.”

    You can watch the strikers full interview on MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Dom Thomas departs

    Motherwell FC can today confirm winger Dom Thomas has left the club to join Kilmarnock.

    Thomas, a product of the club’s youth academy, has failed to nail down a regular first-team berth over the years and currently finds himself down the pecking order for a place in the starting eleven.

    The 21-year old, who was on loan at Championship side Queen of the South last season, indicated his desire to leave the club late last week.

    With his contract due to expire at the end of the current campaign, and with regular first-team football looking unlikely, the club has allowed the player to move to Rugby Park, but has protected its interests with a sizable sell-on clause.

    [pullquote]“This deal allows the lad to try and advance his career but also protects Motherwell FC’s interests in the longer term, so it suits all parties.”[/pullquote]

    Thomas leaves Motherwell having started four games over the last four years, with 33 appearances from the substitutes bench.

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said: “I wanted to have a look at Dom over the first few weeks of pre-season, but he expressed a desire to move on from the club.

    “This deal allows the lad to try and advance his career but also protects Motherwell FC’s interests in the longer term, so it suits all parties.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Dom for his contribution whilst at Fir Park and wish him every success for the future.

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    TV: Highlights from Barrow

    Highlights from the Furness Building Society Stadium where an early Jordan White goal gave Barrow a 1-0 win.

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    Robinson: We’ve still got work to do

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson believes his players can benefit from the physical challenge they faced against Barrow tonight.

    Slumping to a 1-0 defeat against the Cumbrian outfit may have left a bitter taste in the Fir Park gaffers mouth, but he made sure to take positives from the trip away.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the Northern Irishman reflected on a tough 90 minutes.

    He said: “I’ve never seen so many long throw-ins from the half way line in my life, but it wasn’t a waste of a game for us because we had to deal with the physical aspect of the game and we did to a large extent.

    “We switched off from a set-play and that was the first set play that we’ve conceded from since I came here and we’ve pointed out things where they didn’t do their jobs.”

    He added: “When we did get it down and play and show a bit of composure, we just lacked in the final third and, yes, we hit the post and we hit the bar but I still think there’s a lot to be worked on there.”

    You can see Robinson’s full post match interview on MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Barrow 1 – 0 Motherwell

    Motherwell fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Barrow in the final pre-season friendly ahead of competitive football getting back underway this Saturday.

    And it was a tough affair for the Steelmen, who fell behind from a set-piece inside ten minutes against a direct Barrow side.

    The opening exchanges set the tone for the hosts, who pounded the ‘Well box with long throw-ins from full back Dan Jones – who was capable of dropping the ball inside the box from virtually anywhere in the Motherwell half.

    Trevor Carson made his first appearance for the Steelmen behind a back four including new recruit Cédric Kipré.

    Elliott Frear had a superb effort denied by the woodwork after five minutes and, despite his long throw, it was Jones’ left-foot which provided Richie Bennett with the opener inside ten minutes from a corner – as the midfielder lashed home beyond Carson from a bobbling delivery.

    Chances were few and far between in the first half, with neither keeper being kept overly busy at the Furness Building Society Stadium.

    Richard Tait’s inch perfect cross towards the rampant run of Gaël Bigirimana nearly produced the leveller, but Asa Hall managed to block the midfielders header and turn it wide.

    Down the opposite end, Kipré produced a goal-saving header to deny Jordan White a simple finish towards the dying ends of the opening 45.

    Seven substitutes filtered their way on to the park throughout the first ten minutes of the second period, with McManus, Tanner, Bowman, Campbell, McMillan, Gordon and Livingstone all entering the match.

    It looked as though Bigirimana’s stunning 25-yard freekick was the route back in to the game for Motherwell, but the midfielder’s sumptuous effort was matched by a superb save to keep Barrow in front.

    The final few minutes ended in frantic fashion, when Cadden was dragged to the deck by the Barrow trialist stopper after getting his toe to the ball – yet the referee somehow waved the claims away.

    Immediately down the other end, Frear’s miscued, deflected back pass forced Carson to make a tremendous save and limit the deficit to one.

     

    Motherwell: Carson, Tait, Hammell, Kipré, Heneghan, Bigirimana, McHugh, Rose, Cadden, Frear, Fisher

    Subs: Griffiths, McManus, Bowman, Clay, Tanner, Campbell, McMillan, Livingstone

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    2017/18 home kits on sale

    The 2017/18 Macron home kit goes on sale tomorrow from the Well Shop at Fir Park.

    It will be Motherwell’s fourth campaign with Italian manufacturers Macron and the first with new principal sponsors McEwan Fraser Legal, the UK & Scotland’s award-winning solicitors & estate agents.

    The home strip has a very traditional look and feel to it, with a return to claret shorts and the claret and amber hooped socks.

    Adult shirts are priced at £45, with Junior’s coming in at £35.

    The date of sale for the black and grey away kit is yet to be announced.

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    TV: Highlights from Gateshead

    Extended highlights from Gateshead International Stadium where a late comeback is not enough to prevent defeat for the Steelmen.

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    Robinson: Not focusing on result

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson insists that he will not focus too much on the result after his side lost 3-2 against Gateshead this afternoon. 

    Late goals from Ryan Bowman and Andy Rose were mere consolations as the Steelmen battled back from 3-0 down.

    But the Fir Park manager had his focus on fitness and individual performances as the club prepares for competitive football getting started in a weeks time.

    [pullquote]We didn’t focus too much on winning two games in a row so we certainly won’t focus on this defeat too much either.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the Northern Irishman said: “We didn’t focus too much on winning two games in a row so we certainly won’t focus on this defeat too much either.

    “Today was a bit of a lesson and perhaps a bit of a wake up call for some people fitness wise, which is good, because if you play pre-season games and win 10-0 it tells you nothing.”

    He added: “So we know that there’s a few people off the pace and a few need to buck up their ideas about being in the team – so it’s a good yardstick for me.”

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    Gateshead 3 – 2 Motherwell

    Motherwell suffered their first defeat of pre-season at the hands of Gateshead – slumping to a 3-2 defeat at the International Stadium.

    Arriving on the back of consecutive 2-0 victories, Robinson’s side contained five summer recruits in the shape of Gaël Bigirimana, Craig Tanner, Alex Fisher, Charles Dunne and Cédric Kipré.

    Goals from Andy Rose and Ryan Bowman, bagging against his former employers, were too little too late for the travelling ‘Well.

    However, Robinson’s men cruised through the opening half hour, and much of the match, but somehow couldn’t find the breakthrough until the final few minutes thanks to a number of wonder-saves from Dan Hanford in the Tyneside goal.

    Despite few opportunities, the hosts managed to snatch the lead five minutes before half time.

    Macauley Langstaff capitalised on a moment of miscommunication in the ‘Well backline to strike a low effort on target. A fortunate deflection took the ball past Russell Griffiths and, despite Tait’s best efforts to scoop the ball away from the goalmouth, the referee awarded the goal.

    The Fir Parkers got off on the front foot in the second period against an entirely different Tyneside eleven. Carl McHugh’s goal bound header was tipped over the bar by substitute stopper James Montgomery a minute after the restart.

    A number of changes saw the introduction of Rose, Elliott Frear and Ross MacLean as the Steelmen searched for an equaliser.

    However, Robinson’s men found themselves two behind when Kieran Green released a stunning effort beyond Griffiths in to the far corner.

    Soon it was three when the hosts experienced another slice of luck – this time Tom White’s effort deflected wickedly beyond Griffiths with just 15 minutes remaining.

    Bowman had a number of opportunities to respond for the visitors, with the creativity and delivery from substitute Frear proving too much for the Gateshead defence.

    The striker eventually took his chance in the 90th minute when he headed home Frear’s cross to bag his fourth goal in as many games.

    New arrival Andy Rose made it 3-2 in the dying seconds when he tapped home from two yards, but it was too little, too late for the Lanarkshire outfit, who face Barrow on Tuesday night in their final friendly ahead of the Betfred Cup opener against Queen’s Park.

    Motherwell: Griffiths, Tait, Hammell, Heneghan, Bigirimana, McHugh, Bowman, Fisher, Dunne, Kipré, Tanner

    Subs: Morrison, Cadden, Frear, Rose, McMillan, MacLean, Turnbull