Teams take a break
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 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.”