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    Hartley: More to come from us

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    Robinson: We won’t change for any side

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    Semi-final Hospitality Packages

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    U20s to face Burntisland Shipyard

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    Thomson in charge of Lanarkshire Derby

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    TV: Highlights from Falkirk Stadium

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    Craigan: Happy we’re back with a win

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    Falkirk U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20s

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    Moult wins Ladbrokes Player of the Month

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    Trio of Scotland Youth call-ups

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    Hartley: More to come from us

    ‘Well defender Peter Hartley believes there is still more to come from the Steelmen despite a strong start to the season.

    The Englishman, who is preparing for his first Lanarkshire derby, hailed the Fir Parkers performances following a string of good results.

    And, echoing the though of Stephen Robinson, the centre back insisted that Motherwell won’t go about changing their approach to games due to the opposition.

    [pullquote]We’ve got an identity as a team but obviously we’re not getting carried away because we’ve not reached our full potential and there’s still a lot more to come from us as a team.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I don’t think we change the way we play, I think we make them make mistakes on the surface if anything.

    “You can tell we’ve got an identity as a team but obviously we’re not getting carried away because we’ve not reached our full potential and there’s still a lot more to come from us as a team.”

    “I don’t read the papers much but I was hearing people say that Partick weren’t at the races, Kilmarnock weren’t at the races and Aberdeen weren’t quite either but it’s not them not being at the races it’s us making them look average with what we do.”

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    Robinson: We won’t change for any side

    Stephen Robinson insists that his side won’t change for any opposition as the Steelmen prepare for the first Lanarkshire Derby of the season.

    The ‘Well boss looked ahead to this weekend’s clash at the SuperSeal Stadium and admitted Hamilton will be tough opponents.

    However, following a strong run of games, the Fir Park manager believes his side will match Accies on Saturday.

    [pullquote]We don’t change the way we play and we won’t change the way we play for anybody and we’ve been quite successful with that.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We don’t change the way we play and we won’t change the way we play for anybody and we’ve been quite successful with that.

    “We’re obviously well aware of the other teams threats but the pitch does make a difference to it and [Hamilton] are used to playing on it.”

    He added: “We’ve been training on astroturf all week though so it’s not an excuse. They’ve been very good at what they do Hamilton but we’ll match them.”

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    Semi-final Hospitality Packages

    Motherwell’s semi-final clash with Rangers is fast approaching, so why not celebrate the occasion with one of our hospitality packages?

    The Steelmen travel to Hampden on Sunday, October 22, and we have a number of options available for you to take in the big match in style – including an exclusive new hospitality package!

    Joe Wark Lounge

    Come and enjoy the semi-final in style with our new Hospitality Package and with access for up to 20 guests this is an opportunity not to be missed.

    • Private lounge within Fir Park with your own dedicated serving staff
    • Complimentary Bar (11am – 8pm)
    • Breakfast Roll served pre match
    • Transport to and from Hampden with official parking
    • Hot Buffet served post-match

    £2000 (for up to 20 guests. Does not include match ticket)

    Centenary Suite Hospitality

    • 11am arrival
    • £30 main stand ticket
    • Pay Bar Facility
    • Hot Breakfast Roll
    • Match Day Programme
    • Official Coach to and from Hampden with official parking (leaving Fir Park at 1pm)
    • Glass of sparkling wine on return to Centenary Suite
    • Hot Buffet Served
    • 8pm Close (or subject to demand)

    £70 per person

    Cooper Bar/Concourse Bus

    • 11am Open
    • Bar & food options available to purchase
    • 1pm Coach to and from Hampden with official parking
    • 8pm Close (or subject to demand)

    £8 per person

    Contact the team now on 01698 333 333 or email hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    U20s to face Burntisland Shipyard

    Motherwell under 20s will take on Burntisland Shipyard in the third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup.

    The Fir Park youngsters have been drawn as the home side for the fixture, which is set to be played on or before Sunday, October 29th.

    Stephen Craigan’s side enjoyed a stellar run last season as they vied to defend the trophy they lifted two season ago, making it all the way to the last four where they were knocked out by eventual winners Celtic.

    Shipyard won a dramatic encounter against Livingston to secure progression to the third round, holding out to win 3-2 earlier this month.

    Further information regarding this fixture will be announced in due course.

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    Thomson in charge of Lanarkshire Derby

    Referee for Saturday’s league match against Hamilton Accies at the SuperSeal Stadium is Craig Thomson.

    The 45-year old takes charge of his second Motherwell fixture of the season, after the official was in charge of the trip to McDiarmid Park earlier this season.

    On that afternoon, ‘Well went down to eight men amid controversial circumstances as St Johnstone went on to win 4-1.

    Thomson took charge on four occasions last term, which included both the first and last games of the season, starting with a win against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and ending with a 3-2 loss away to Inverness.

    In between those clashes, the official oversaw a 1-1 draw away to Partick Thistle in September and the crushing Scottish Cup defeat against Rangers at Ibrox.

    One of the top Scottish referee’s in the game, Thomson has been in charge of fixtures at all levels of the game, including the UEFA Champions League and World Cup Qualifiers.

    Of the three matches he refereed in Europe’s premier club competition last season, one match included 2015/16 finalists Atlético Madrid.

    His record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mixed bag with 16 wins from 50 matches. There have been 24 defeats and ten draws too.

    Not included in that list was the 2007/08 Scottish Cup fourth round replay win against Hearts at Fir Park, when he replaced the injured Stuart Dougal midway through the second-half.

    In those games, Motherwell have scored 70 and conceded 77.

    171 players have gone into the book, 87 were wearing claret and amber. Up until the Saints clash, seven players had been shown a red card, including former captains Stephen Craigan and Keith Lasley. That total has now surged to ten following the dismissals of Trevor Carson, Carl McHugh and Charles Dunne back in August.

    Craig will be ably assisted by Graeme Stewart and Stuart Stevenson; with Craig Napier on fourth official duties.

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    TV: Highlights from Falkirk Stadium

    Extended highlights from Falkirk Stadium as Jake Hastie scores the only goal of the game to give the young Steelmen a 1-0 win over Falkirk.

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    Craigan: Happy we’re back with a win

    Under 20s manager Stephen Craigan was happy to see his side bounce back to winning ways during a tough encounter with Falkirk.

    Following last week’s postponed clash with Accies, the youngsters were forced to wait for the chance to bounce back following the defeat to Hearts.

    And the Northern Irishman, who was generally pleased, also admitted that his side lacked a cutting edge going forward on a cold evening at the Falkirk Stadium.

    [pullquote]Generally we’re pleased to win the game and I thought in the first half our shape got the better of them and we moved the ball well but without a real end product.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, Craigan said: “Generally we’re pleased to win the game and I thought in the first half our shape got the better of them and we moved the ball well but without a real end product.

    “At times we struggled to get in behind their midfield, we had lots of the ball at the back and were moving it well down the outside of them and we had the penalty miss too.”

    He added: “The first half was better than the second half and then it was a mistake from Falkirk which gifted us the game, but I’m pleased we’re back to winning ways.”

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    Falkirk U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell under 20s returned to Development League action tonight with a 1-0 victory against Falkirk.

    Despite being denied from the penalty spot early in the match, Jake Hastie’s 76th minute winner was enough to secure a return to winning ways for the Steelmen.

    Manager Stephen Craigan fielded a side including senior players Russell Griffiths, Ellis Plummer, Liam Grimshaw and Ross MacLean at the Falkirk Stadium, whilst also recalling on-loan duo Jack McMillan and Jake Hastie to the starting line-up.

    And the latter was presented with a golden opportunity to mark his return to the team with an early goal when a stone wall penalty was awarded by referee Lorraine Watson in the sixth minute.

    A push on the goal line denied ‘Well a sure goal before Robbie Mutch denied Hastie from the spot – diving low to his left to palm away the winger’s effort.

    Ten minutes later the youngster’s determination nearly robbed the Bairns stopper on the edge of his box, when Hastie closed down his attempted clearance, only to see the ball ricochet out of play at the expense of a throw-in.

    Adam Livingstone’s terrific curling effort directly from a freekick was the closest the Steelman came to beating Mutch, with the stopper nowhere near the superb effort, which skimmed the post on it’s way out for a goal kick.

    However, it wasn’t the best opportunity of the opening 45.

    That fell for James Scott who was played over the top of the Bairns backline in the 32nd minute but couldn’t convert the chance and instead was denied one-on-one by Mutch.

    The second half was equally uneventful, although it did include the breakthrough in an otherwise quiet game.

    The home side went closest to breaking the deadlock after just a minute of play, with Luca Gasparotto heading goalward from a corner – but Griffiths saved with ease.

    Fifteen minutes from time, Motherwell took the lead and, although it was deserved, it was extremely slack from the hosts.

    A short ball from Mutch put Liam Henderson under pressure and the alert Hastie was on hand to rob the defender and roll the ball in to an empty net.

    It means the Fir Park youngsters have won four out of their six league matches this term, having lost just one, and currently sit three points off Development League leaders Dundee.

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    Moult wins Ladbrokes Player of the Month

    Louis Moult has bagged the Ladbrokes Player of the Month award for September following a scintillating month for the striker.

    And the Englishman is the first Steelman to pick up the honour since Michael Higdon back in April 2014 following his five goal haul last month.

    Moult started September with an 88th minute goal against Kilmarnock in a 2-0 win for the ‘Well, before following that up with a brace at Easter Road as Stephen Robinson’s men drew 2-2.

    Another brace came just five days later in the dramatic quarter-final clash with Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup, including an improvised over-head kick and a thumping finish past Joe Lewis to erupt the Fir Park crowd.

    [pullquote]It’s been a good month for me personally, scoring a few goals, and it’s been a good month for the club too.[/pullquote]

    And the ‘Well number nine, speaking upon picking up his award, reiterated his desire to focus on the important games ahead.

    He said: “It’s been a good month for me personally, scoring a few goals, and it’s been a good month for the club too.

    “I’ve been fairly consistent with my performances and I’ve tried to not let anything affect me and the club have helped me in that by playing me more than anything.”

    He added: “At the moment I’m not thinking about [the future] and I’ve said it many a time just how much I appreciate the support from the club.”

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    Trio of Scotland Youth call-ups

    Three ‘Well youngsters are celebrating after being called up by the National side for forthcoming matches.

    Academy stars Reece McAlear and Cole Starrs have been named in James Grady’s Under 16s Victory Shield squad.

    No other non-Old Firm team has more representatives in the squad, which also has three other Academy players on the standby list.

    The tournament will take place in Belfast between the 23rd and 27th of October with the Scots lined up to play Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic.

    Also called up is Jamie Semple, who has been in the 20-man Scotland Under 17s side for the forthcoming UEFA Qualifying Round 2017/18.

    [pullquote]We wish all three lads all the very best in their busy schedules and hope they enjoy themselves whilst representing their country.[/pullquote]

    Brian McLaughlin’s squad will face a triple-header of games against Andorra, Estonia and Denmark in Tallin later in the month.

    Like the Under 16s, ‘Well also has players on the standby list for these important fixtures.

    Academy Director Scott Leitch said: “The club have representation at every single level in the Scotland Youth International squads, which is a major honour for Motherwell FC and a continued vindication of the work of the coaching staff and scouts.

    “We wish all three lads all the very best in their busy schedules and hope they enjoy themselves whilst representing their country.”