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  • Women

    Jennow: We won’t feel sorry for ourselves

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell draw at Hamilton

  • First team

    Players reflect on derby draw

  • First team

    Manager: We got what we deserved

  • First team

    Motherwell share derby spoils

  • First team

    Manager: Youth will get more chances

  • First team

    Accies away tickets on sale

  • First team

    Previewing Hamilton v Motherwell

  • Women

    ‘Well pegged back in Rangers draw

  • First team

    Liam Polworth to join Motherwell

  • Women

    Jennow: We won’t feel sorry for ourselves

    Jennow: We won’t feel sorry for ourselves

    Motherwell head coach Donald Jennow insists his squad won’t feel sorry for themselves, despite suffering midweek disappointment against Rangers.

    The women of steel saw a 3-0 advantage slip through their grasp on Wednesday evening, with the visitors scoring twice in injury time to rescue a share of the spoils.

    It was a tough one to take for Jennow’s side, who looked set for their first victory since the opening day of the 2019 season.

    On Sunday, Motherwell travel to 12-in-a-row Scottish champions Glasgow City and despite the big challenge ahead, the ‘Well boss is looking forward to taking on the top team in Scotland.

    “On Wednesday we were very good for a large part of the game,” he said. “We passed the ball well at times and created a number of good chances.

    “We should have seen the game out but unfortunately we didn’t adjust well enough to being down a player.

    “It’s good to have a decent run of league games now and hopefully we can continue to make steps forward and pick up as many points as we can.

    “We put every game to bed at the following days training so our focus is always on the next game.

    “It was the same approach this week albeit with a tighter turnaround.

    “Feeling sorry for ourselves isn’t going to change the result so of course we wait for an opportunity to put it right.”

    Injuries suffered to Steph Knox and Lori Gardner both came as huge blows to ‘Well on Wednesday night, with the lack of depth within the squad exposed in the latter stages of the game.

    Pamela Liddell made her return to the club as a second half substitute and Jennow is hoping to add further recruits to his squad in the near future.

    “The squad needs to grow,” he added. “We had 20 players at the start of the season but for one reason or another that number has dropped.

    “We are certainly hopping to add and Pam is the first of those.

    “We’ll get her up to speed as quickly as possible and Wednesday showed she can be a threat for us.”

    Having spent five years as assistant manager at City, Jennow knows the club well and is well aware of the task facing his team on Sunday.

    “I know a lot of the folks at Glasgow City, but the squad is different now,” he said. “I do know how professional their senior players are and how high they set their standards.

    “Players like Leanne [Ross] and Jo [Love] showed me what professionalism was in the game and that is what underpins the club’s success.

    “They look strong again this year so we expect a tough afternoon, but I love that challenge.”

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell draw at Hamilton

    See the highlights as Motherwell were pegged back to settle for a point at Hamilton.

  • First team

    Players reflect on derby draw

    David Turnbull, Conor Sammon and Allan Campbell speak as the Steelmen get a point away to Accies.

  • First team

    Manager: We got what we deserved

    Stephen Robinson says two different performances in either half from Motherwell left them getting the result they “deserved.”

    David Turnbull netted in a controlled first half, but a late error allowed Accies to take a share of the spoils.

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    Motherwell share derby spoils

    Motherwell share derby spoils

    Motherwell had to settle for a point, despite generally being in control of the derby after leading through David Turnbull’s 10th goal of the season midway through the first half.

    However, a gifted assist from Liam Grimshaw seven minutes from time allowed Marios Ogkmpoe to grab an equaliser and an important point for Hamilton.

    Stephen Robinson made two changes for the final local derby of the season. James Scott led the ‘Well attack in place of Curtis Main, while Elliott Frear, on the back of some good performances after coming off the bench, swapped places with Jake Hastie.

    While the Fir Park men were looking up to taking seventh place in the league, the Hamilton players were still looking over their shoulders to ease themselves away from the relegation spots.

    It took the players some time to adjust to the bright sunshine as the ball got lumped high into the air in the opening minutes.

    When Gboly Ariyibi’s low ball opened up the Accies back four it allowed Scott to hold off his marker and power towards the box before his powerful drive produced a fine diving save from Gary Woods.

    Ariybi then tried his luck with a 20 yard free kick but the on loan Nottingham Forrest winger curled his shot over the cross bar.

    Mark Gillespie, in front of the ‘Well fans bedecked in amber and summer shirts, had a couple of routine saves to gather David McMillan’s attempts from outside his penalty area.

    As Accies tried to up their game and press for a precious three points the Steelmen came close to breaking the deadlock after 25 minutes. Turnbull curled a corner into the six yard box where Tom Aldred’s thumping header came crashing down off the crossbar and gathered by Woods before the ball could be forced over the ‘keeper’s goal line.

    However, the ‘Well opener was only delayed four minutes. Liam Grimshaw curled the ball towards the six yard area and after Aryibi and the Accies defence failed to intercept it, Turnbull was left with the simple task of stroking the ball past the helpless Woods.

    From them until half-time Motherwell’s movement and possession left Accies and their fans frustrated. In added on time the home side had a final chance to put Gillespie’s goal under pressure but Tony Andreu curled his free kick high over the ‘keeper’s goal to leave the Fir Park men comfortably ahead at the interval.

    A big reaction was expected from Brian Rice’s men as Motherwell kicked off the second half. And there was a greater degree of urgency about the home play as Dougie Imrie swept a teasing ball across goal only for Andreu to direct it wide of Gillespie’s goal.

    Accies almost undid their early work when they conceded a needless free kick allowing Turnbull to set up Grimshaw at the edge of the box but his powerful shot was deflected over the bar by Aaron McGowan.

    With the game in a bit of a rut and Accies unable to make any impression on the ‘Well defence, the home side made a double substitution after 57 minutes bringing on strikers Marios Ogkmpoe and George Oakley. Five minutes later ‘Well made their first change with Chris Cadden replacing Frear.

    Within a few minutes and from out on the right touchline Cadden’s deep cross bounced off the top of Woods’ bar and provide a bit excitement for the ‘Well fans in the stand behind the ‘keeper’s goal.

    After a hard working 75 minutes leading the front line, Scott was replaced by the experienced Conor Sammon before Hastie came on for Ariyibi.

    Despite these changes in attacking areas Motherwell failed to create any chances in the closing stages of the game. Equally though with Aldred and Charles Dunne commanding Gillespie’s was never under threat until seven minutes from time.

    Wide of the penalty area Grimshaw lost control of the ball rolling it into the path of Ogkmpoe, who rounded the bewildered Gillespie before firing the ball into an empty goal to give the home side a massive list.

    Three minutes later they looked to have snatched a winner when Andreu’s drive found Oakley, belatedly from an offside position inside the six yard box, and his touch seemed destined for the net until Gillespie superbly twisted to turn the ball over the bar.

    As Accies pressed for all three points ultimately Motherwell had to be content with only one.

  • First team

    Manager: Youth will get more chances

    Stephen Robinson says more young talent is set to come through in the next five games, but a patient approach will be required.

    Motherwell will have at least seven who have come through the academy involved against Hamilton on Saturday, with others knocking on the door.

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    Accies away tickets on sale

    Accies away tickets on sale

    Saturday sees the Steelmen make the short trip to Hamilton for the final derby of the 2018/19 season.

    You can buy your tickets online now to collect from Fir Park before 4pm on Friday.

    Alternatively, you can visit the ticket office at Fir Park or call 01698 333333. All tickets must be purchased before 4pm on Friday.

    There will also be a cash gate in operation on the day, but we are urging fans to get their tickets in advance if you can.

    Tickets are priced at £22 for adults and £12 for over 65s and under 18s.

    Our ticket office will be closed on Easter Monday.

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    Previewing Hamilton v Motherwell

    Previewing Hamilton v Motherwell

    Motherwell head to Hamilton on Saturday for the final Lanarkshire derby of the 2019/20 Ladbrokes Premiership campaign.

    Here’s the derby previewed.

    What’s at stake

    For Motherwell, it’s all about seventh spot. Stephen Robinson’s men sit a point behind St Johnstone in seventh with the split now under way, and a point ahead of Livingston.

    Accies are in the strongest position of the bottom three clubs in the fight against the drop, sitting seven points ahead of bottom club Dundee and four ahead of St Mirren in the play-off spot.

    The form guide

    Saturday’s hosts have won one, drawn one and lost three of their last five matches. A win over Hearts and draw with St Mirren have come with losses with Motherwell, Kilmarnock and Livingston.

    Motherwell have won two and lost three in the same time, beating Accies and St Johnstone, but losing to Hibernian, Aberdeen and Rangers.

    Team news

    Trevor Carson, Craig Tanner, Ross McCormack and Christian Mbulu remain sidelined.

    Get your tickets in advance

    You can buy your tickets online now. Alternatively, you can visit the ticket office at Fir Park or call 01698 333333.

    Tickets should be purchased in advance. Our ticket office at Fir Park will be open Monday to Thursday from 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4pm. It will not be open on the date of the game.

    A pay gate will be in operation but we advise supporters to buy in advance.

    Adult£22
    Over 65s / Under 18s£12

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

    Listen live

    There will be no live stream from New Douglas Park. Fans will be able to listen to live commentary at tv.motherwellfc.co.uk.

  • Women

    ‘Well pegged back in Rangers draw

    ‘Well pegged back in Rangers draw

    Motherwell gave up a three-goal lead as they drew 3-3 with Rangers in SWPL1 on Wednesday night.

    First half goals from Mhairi Fyfe and Lori Gardner, and a strike from Sarah Crilly early after half time, had given Donald Jennow’s a deserved and comfortable lead at Ravenscraig.

    But the visitors racked up three in the last 10 minutes, including a stoppage-time equaliser, to take an unexpected share of the spoils.

    Motherwell were good for their lead and were ahead within 15 minutes.

    Katie Rice found herself with the ball from close range but, as she was crowded out, her shot was blocked.

    Fyfe however was on hand to cooly sidestep away from the goalkeeper to pass the rebound into the net.

    Minutes later, it was two, and it was a sensational strike from Gardner. Cutting in from the left, she curled an unstoppable effort into the top right corner of the net.

    Crilly then looked to have sealed the game early in the second half, finding room just inside the box to fire home.

    Amy Muir’s low driven effort with 10 minutes on the clock gave Rangers a goal, but what was to follow was still unexpected.

    With three minutes left, Jade Gallon broke through to fire past Morgan Hunter and set up a nervy finish.

    The women of steel couldn’t hold on and, from a Muir corner, Holly Napier was able to strike from a few yards out in injury time to grab a point.

    Motherwell: Hunter, Roberts, Montgomery, Rolph, Knox, Adams, McEachran, Rice, Gardner, Crilly, Fyfe.

    Subs: McManus, MacLeod, Liddell.

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    Liam Polworth to join Motherwell

    Liam Polworth to join Motherwell

    Liam Polworth is the latest player to sign a pre-contract agreement with Motherwell FC.

    The Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder will join in the summer, with the club beating off competition from other Ladbrokes Premiership sides to secure his services.

    Polworth, 24, follows Declan Gallagher in agreeing to move to Fir Park for the 2019/20 campaign.

    He will sign a two-year contract with the club in June.

    “We’re delighted Liam is joining us,” Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson said. “We hope he will continue his creativity with us, having picked up the most assists in the Championship this season.

    “He is a very talented boy and I still feel there are a lot of areas he will improve on with us.

    “He will give us another option in the middle of the park and out wide, and arrives with plenty experience in the Scottish top flight.

    “We want to get our business done early where possible. That’s bringing people in, as well as offering terms to players who are here.”

    The midfielder came through the youth ranks at the Caledonian Stadium, before making his senior debut back in May 2011. He was aged just 16 years and 211 days, making him the youngest ever player to turn out for the Caley Jags.

    The former Scotland Under 21 international has gone on to play 204 games for the Highlanders, notching 18 goals.

    He was named in the 2017/18 SPFL Championship team of the season, after racking up five goals and 25 assists. This season, he has three goals and 20 assists so far in all competitions.