It was a game Vale would have been expecting to win against the side who sit bottom of the Central District Second Division.

However with the match goalless at half-time, a difficult afternoon might have been in store for Vale.

But an early second-half goal from Lee McGeachy settled the home side. Kenny Wilson and David McNaught completed the scoring as Vale ran out 3-0 winners.

Hamill said: “Newmains to be fair were quite dogged and disciplined. I think they probably tired a bit but we stepped it up in the second-half.

“Once one went in their resistance was broken and we won pretty comfortably in the end.” Hamill’s squad was boosted by the news that the club’s under-19s game was called off. The manager took the chance to blood some of the promising youngsters from that squad.

He said: “We have a good crop of players in the under-19s so I took the opportunity to bring a few of them in.

“Stuart Burrows played at left back and he did well. Fraser Forbes and Chris Lamont were on the bench and came on. It was a good opportunity to give these boys a chance.” Hamill has also moved to bring in Liam Burns from Rhu amateurs, he has signed with Vale until the end of the season.

He said: “We had Liam last week, he came on and unfortunately picked up an injury so he was unavailable yesterday but hopefully he’ll be available this week.

“He plays from the left but he can come in from there. He gives us a bit of an option up front because he has pace."