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  • First team

    Need to Know: A look at Hibs

  • Women

    Morgan Hunter backs ‘Well to bounce back

  • First team

    In Numbers: Preparing to face Hibs

  • First team

    Setting the scene on Hibernian

  • First team

    Liam Grimshaw signs new deal

  • First team

    Get your tickets for Hibernian

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Duo help Rovers to big win

  • First team

    Story of the Match from the derby win

  • Women

    Celtic match no longer on BBC Alba

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves draw at Ross County

  • First team

    Need to Know: A look at Hibs

    Need to Know: A look at Hibs

    Hibs host Motherwell on Saturday, as the two sides face each other in the chase to make the top six.

    Here’s some things to note about our opponents.

    All change

    Since Motherwell ran out 1-0 winners at Fir Park in January, Neil Lennon has left and been replaced at the helm by Paul Heckingbottom.

    His first three games brought him wins, picking up league victories over Hamilton, Dundee and St Johnstone.

    A 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Celtic followed, before their 1-1 league draw with Rangers in their last outing.

    Home form

    From 22 home matches, the Hibees have had a mixed bag of results.

    In all competitions, they’ve amassed 10 victories at Easter Road. But over 50% of their games haven’t resulted in a win, with seven draws and five defeats along the way.

    The same goes in the league. From 14 home games, they’ve won five, drawn six and lost three.

    Scotland call

    Looking to bolster their forward options in January, Mark McNulty returned home after five years down south.

    The striker, on loan from Reading, has wasted no time in making an impact.

    In four starts and two sub appearances in the league, he’s netted five times, including doubles over Dundee and St Johnstone. He’s also scored one in two in the Scottish Cup.

    The reward for his form has been a first call to the Scotland squad for the EURO 2020 double header with Kazakhstan and San Marino.

  • Women

    Morgan Hunter backs ‘Well to bounce back

    Morgan Hunter backs ‘Well to bounce back

    Morgan Hunter believes the women of steel are ready to show their mettle, when they travel to K-Park to face Celtic on Friday evening.

    After opening their SWPL1 campaign with a win over Stirling University, ‘Well have suffered two successive league defeats.

    Last weekend’s 4-0 loss at home to Hibs was harsh on Donald Jennow’s side, but Hunter says all their focus is on bouncing back in East Kilbride.

    “Last week was tough, but I think we held our own very well in the first half,” the ‘Well keeper said. “We need to take that confidence into the game on Friday.

    “There’s been lots of changes to most teams in SWPL 1 this season so it’s hard to predict how things will go.

    “Celtic will definitely be a tough opposition but we are more than ready to show we are too.”

    Friday evening’s clash will see Motherwell come up against Eddie Wolecki Black for the first time since the former ‘Well gaffer joined Celtic in the summer of 2018.

    It’s another element that will add to the intrigue of an important league fixture, though Hunter insists all that matters is the end result.

    “The only thing mentioned has been that we must fight to win and get three points,” she added. “There’s no personal feelings when that whistle goes on Friday.

    “It’s always important to get points on the board early and build momentum.

    “We won’t focus on the league table too early. It’s important that we take it game by game.”

    Morgan has enjoyed a solid start to life at Fir Park.

    She kept a clean sheet on her debut and in the SWPL Cup win over Hutchison Vale.

    On Sunday, the 25-year-old made a number of good stops, before suffering the misfortune of seeing Kirsten Reilly’s free kick slip through her grasp for Hibernian’s fourth.

    “That final goal was a massive disappointment and it’s a horrible feeling conceding a goal like that,” she admitted. ”It’s so important not to go into your own head after that happens.

    “It can’t be changed, so you focus on the next one, which was a shot on target that I managed to push round the post.

    “If I’d let my head drop, that would’ve been another goal.

    “I’m really enjoying it here, as I said it’s my first taste of SWPL1 and it’s challenging but I’m learning everyday.

    “The girls have made it so easy settling in and theres so much quality about this team. I’m excited to see how the season goes.”

  • First team

    In Numbers: Preparing to face Hibs

    In Numbers: Preparing to face Hibs

    Motherwell head to Hibernian on Saturday, as the race to finish in the top half of the Ladbrokes Premiership continues.

    Here’s the game previewed in numbers.

    Six

    This weekend’s match is all about sixth spot, and the two sides slugging it out to finish in the top half of the table come the split.

    Hibernian currently have the upper hand, sitting two points ahead of the ‘Well.

    The Steelmen haven’t been higher than seventh all campaign, but can jump to sixth with a win at Easter Road.

    Seven

    From Motherwell’s last 10 games, Stephen Robinson’s men have won seven.

    Wins over Hamilton, Hibernian, Dundee, Livingston, St Mirren, Hearts and then Hamilton again last time out have contributed to a fantastic run.

    Hibs, in contrast, have also picked up some wins. Five victories from 10 games, including a four-game winning run in February, have kept them in top six contention.

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    It’s been over half a year since Motherwell last ventured through to Easter Road.

    The 2018/19 Ladbrokes Premiership season was opened with an away game at Hibs, which the hosts won 3-0.

  • First team

    Setting the scene on Hibernian

    Setting the scene on Hibernian

    The drive to get a place in the top six continues with a huge match at Hibernian on Saturday.

    Here’s an early look ahead to the match.

    The battle for top six

    Motherwell sit just two points behind Hibernian with four games to go before the Ladbrokes Premiership splits into two groups.

    A win on Saturday would take Stephen Robinson’s men into the top six for the first time this season, and put us in pole position to secure a place.

    Head to head

    You have to go back five games for the last Motherwell victory at Easter Road, which came in August 2013.

    Henri Anier scored late to give the Steelmen all three points that day in a 1-0 victory.

    Since then, Motherwell drew two on the bounce, but have lost in their last two visits.

    Get your tickets in advance or at the stadium

    Tickets are available online now to collect from the Fir Park ticket office.

    Alternatively, sales pods will be open at the south stand at Easter Road to purchase tickets before going to the turnstiles.

    Prices are as follows:

    Adult£23
    Over 65s / 12-17s / Student£14
    Under 12s£12

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

  • First team

    Liam Grimshaw signs new deal

    Liam Grimshaw signs new deal

    Liam Grimshaw has extended his contract with the club for an additional year.

    The Burnley-born fan favourite has solidified his spot in the team at right back in recent months, turning in consistent, all-action performances and embarking on countless of his trademark runs.

    Having already featured 62 times as a Steelman, Grimshaw’s new deal will expire in the summer of 2020.

    “We’re delighted Liam has signed on again at the club for next season,” ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said.

    “He has been a huge part of our recent success, playing in his new role of right-back.

    “He’s exactly the type of character you want about your football club. He’s the consummate professional and is extremely enthusiastic about this club, and it shows in his performances.”

    The 24-year-old came through the youth ranks at Manchester United, captaining their Under 23s. He got his first taste of competitive first-team football whilst on loan at Fir Park back in the first half of the 2015/16 season.

    His performances in claret and amber persuaded Preston North End to buy him from United in January 2016. He spent 18 months at Deepdale, before returning to ‘Well, via a short loan spell at Chesterfield.

    Grimshaw added: “I’m delighted to have signed on for another year. I feel at home here and it was an easy decision to stay.

    “I’m completely focused now on helping get the team into the top six, and seeing how we can continue to build.”

  • First team

    Get your tickets for Hibernian

    Get your tickets for Hibernian

    With the split getting nearer, Motherwell have a great chance to break into the top six when we travel to face Hibernian on Saturday.

    Stephen Robinson’s men have won seven of their last nine games, putting them within touching distance of the weekend’s opponents.

    We want as big a crowd as possible to get behind the team at Easter Road. The team speak about the impact a large travelling support can have on them, and this is one of the games we need it most.

    Sales pods will be open at the south stand at Easter Road to purchase tickets before going to the turnstiles. No further ticket sales are available at Fir Park.

    Prices are as follows:

    Adult£23
    Over 65s / 12-17s / Student£14
    Under 12s£12

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Duo help Rovers to big win

    Loan Watch: Duo help Rovers to big win

    George Newell and Peter Morrison played their part as Albion Rovers secured what could be a vital win in their fight to stay in League Two.

    Rovers, who earlier in the day received a huge boost in the shape of an annulled result against Clyde leading to an unexpected three points, made it one to remember by beating Stirling Albion 1-0 at Forthbank.

    Gregor Fotheringham got the game’s only goal, after great work by Newell in the build-up.

    Morrison would play a big part himself, making an excellent save in the dying seconds, ensuring his team are now within two points of Berwick Rangers at the foot of the League 2 table. Neil McLaughlin was an unused sub for the Binos.

    Elsewhere, Broque Watson started for East Fife, as they kept themselves in the promotion hunt with a 3-1 win over Stranraer.

    Barry Maguire, Shea Gordon and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair never featured for Queen of the South, Partick Thistle and Crewe respectively,

     

     

  • First team

    Story of the Match from the derby win

    Another win as the push for the top six continues.

    This is the Story of the Match from the Lanarkshire derby.

  • Women

    Celtic match no longer on BBC Alba

    Celtic match no longer on BBC Alba

    Motherwell’s SWPL1 match with Celtic on Friday will no longer be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

    The match will still be played on Friday, 15 March at K-Park for a 7.45pm kick-off.

    Due to unforeseen circumstances at K-Park, the host venue, the broadcaster says it can no longer show the match.

    “Whilst we are disappointed the match won’t be shown on Alba, it will not impact on our preparations,” ‘Well boss Donald Jennow said of the news.

    “As far as we’re concerned, it’s business as usual as we look to bounce back following Sunday’s defeat.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves draw at Ross County

    Motherwell’s reserve side suffered a late equaliser to draw 2-2 away at Ross County on Monday.

    Maurice Ross’ side led through James Scott’s double, but were pegged back by goals from Joel MacBeath.

    The County player’s second came three minutes into stoppage time, just as the young Steelmen looked to have taken all three points.

    A youthful claret and amber contingent made the trip north, albeit with three players – Adam Livingstone, Liam Brown and Scott – already having picked up first team minutes.

    With 25 minutes played, the visitors had the lead. Scott fired for goal just inside the box, and found the net to open the scoring.

    On the stroke of half time, he doubled his advantage, nodding home from close range.

    The Staggies didn’t give in, however, and reduced the deficit on the hour mark. MacBeath found room from close range to put the ball past Ferguson.

    As County pushed, it looked like Motherwell would still take the win back down the road, despite Ferguson having to come to the rescue in stoppage time and Tony Dingwall hitting the post.

    Their final chance got them the equaliser, MacBeath firing home to make their pressure pay.

    “We’ve definitely got the technical and tactical side going in the right direction,” Ross said after the game.

    “But we need to maybe be a bit more streetwise to win football matches.

    “We were in full control in the first half. We had great movement, great play and scored two great goals.

    “Ross County were physical and we struggled to handle that in the second half.

    “Afterwards in the dressing room, we spoke about game management. In the last minute we had the ball down in their corner, but instead of holding on to it, we lost it and they went up the park and scored.”

    Motherwell: Ferguson, Bowers (MacDonald), Livingstone, Devine, Hussain, Brown (Kettings), Rehman, McAlear (Starrs), Scott, Semple, Cornelius.

    Subs not used: Hemfrey.