Teams take a break

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Gretna 2008

Gretna’s un­beaten league run came to an end against Stir­ling Univer­sity on Satur­day.

The Ray­dale Park side hadn’t lost in the Low­land League since the mid­dle of Septem­ber.

How­ever, Kieran Hall’s goal early in the sec­ond half saw the Uni side leave Gretna with all three points at the week­end.

Davie Irons’ and Andy Aitken’s men have a break this week­end with their next game away at Selkirk on Novem­ber 18.

And Gretna will be look­ing for re­venge, hav­ing be­ing thumped by the Bor­ders side in the Scot­tish Cup ear­lier this sea­son.

They are cur­rently fifth in the Low­land League, one point be­hind Selkirk who have a game in hand.

Dal­beat­tie Star

Dal­beat­tie Star also have a break from the league this week­end, which may come as wel­come re­lief at Isle­croft.

They haven’t won in the Low­land League since the end of Au­gust, a run of form which has seen them slump to sec­ond bot­tom with just point­less Haw­ick Royal Al­bert be­low them.

Their lat­est de­feat came on Satur­day as they lost 2-0 at home to Gala Fairy­dean Rovers and had striker Steven Deg­nan sent off.

Man­ager Dar­ren Kerr said: “It sums up our sea­son, we lose a bizarre goal, we get a man sent off and we miss a penalty.

“It’s tough go­ing and we need to sort out the prob­lems and quickly be­cause we’re los­ing ground on third and fourth bot­tom.

“I’m not look­ing at any player and see­ing some­one who is un­der per­form­ing, they are play­ing to the best of their abil­ity. When we’re miss­ing two or three play­ers then we don’t have the qual­ity in the squad to make up for it.

“We’re lack­ing qual­ity in the fi­nal third and we’re re­ally miss­ing Lewis Sloan. We were get­ting free-kicks in po­si­tions where he was dig­ging us out last sea­son. When you have some­one who can get 20 or 25 goals miss­ing then it is an is­sue.”

This week­end Star are up against Civil Ser­vice Strollers in the SFA South Re­gion Chal­lenge Cup.

They’ll be without Liam Park and Jamie McHar­rie, while goalie Ross Wil­son has been loaned to Lochar This­tle.

And there will also be an­other ab­sen­tee for the next few weeks.

Kerr said: “Steven is not go­ing to be with us. It’s noth­ing to do with his sus­pen­sion, he’s not go­ing to be at the club. He’s got a cou­ple of prob­lems and we’ve spo­ken to him so he’s go­ing to stay away for a month and hope­fully when he comes back he’ll be a lot hap­pier.

“He got sent off against Gretna, Tommy Muir got sent off the week be­fore although that was poor ref­er­ee­ing, and then Steven got sent off again.

“It’s three times in the last three league games. We’re let­ting our­selves down, it’s some­thing we’ve spo­ken about and it’s some­thing the club is look­ing at.”

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