Gretna keen to kick on after win over Welfare
Davie Irons insists his Gretna 2008 side are thirsting for another win when they face Vale of Leithen tomorrow.
The Black and Whites co-manager savoured their 4-1 triumph over Whitehill Welfare to end a run of poor results.
And Irons wants another victory before they tackle Spartans in the re-arranged East of Scotland Cup third round tie next Tuesday night.
He said: “We beat Vale of Leithen 3-0 at our place the last time which was much earlier in the season.
“So after winning comfortably against Whitehill Welfare last Saturday, it would be great to keep that up.
“That win got us back on track after a disappointing couple of months in December and January which has cost us a top four place.
“We were going well for it and had a wee chance until we had a bad December and January.
“We had a lot of postponements as well and had to cancel training a few times with the pitch either frozen, or flooded.
“So all that didn’t help either with the fitness levels and match sharpness. “And, really, those two months killed off our top four hopes. “That’s why it was good to get back on track with the 4-1 win over Whitehill last weekend.
“We could have won by more, but after such a run without a win I will take any win, no matter the score.”
Irons added: “Another win would be the ideal preparation for the cup game with Spartans.
“It is due to be played at Raydale on Tuesday with a 7.45pm kick off.”
Meanwhile, Dalbeattie Star are due to have a free weekend as it is the Southern Counties Challenge Cup and they are a round ahead of their rivals.
The break seems to have come at the right time, manager DarrenKerr hopeful of having most of the squad fit and ready for the next game against Whitehill Welfare on February 17.
And there could be a further boost with Lewis Sloan possibly set to rejoin the squad, having been out with injury since the summer.
Kerr said: “He’s hopefully starting light training which is a positive. It’ll be like a new signing if we get him back this season but if not he’ll be back for next season.
“Greig Thorburn should be back and Grant Parker has been out for three or four weeks so getting him back will help with numbers. Jamie McHarrie, Dean Brotherston and Ally McColm all missed Saturday but they should hopefully be back too.
“The free week gave the boys the chance to recharge. It’s the same boys that have been playing all season and the heavy pitches are taking their toll.
“It’s a big three weeks for us because after the break we have two home games against teams round about us and we’re really looking to win to push back up the league.” Annan boss Peter Murphy revealed how Evan Horne played through the agony of a broken wrist in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Cowdenbeath.
The on-loan St Mirren player battled through the pain barrier and finished the match, which was his home debut, before heading to hospital.
Murphy said:“Evan broke his wrist during the game, but he says he didn’t feel too bad and played on.
“He felt it a bit sore afterwards so he went to hospital and that’s when the x-rays showed it was a broken wrist.
“It is possibly a hairline fracture and because it is not a full break he doesn’t have a plaster cast on it.
“So there is a chance he might be able to play at Elgin. We’ll have to wait and see nearer the time.
“He has a support on the wrist with a couple of rigid wires to ensure the wrist doesn’t bend. As I say, we’ll see on Saturday if he can play.”
Meantime, Murphy told how the team will have a 6.15am start from Annan as they begin the long trek north to face Elgin City.
He said:“It is going to be a long day that’s for sure.
“And we will be up early in the morning for this one. We were up there earlier in the season and it was just after another long haul to Peterhead.
“We are going to stop off for lunch on the way and to stretch the legs.
“Sometimes we get lucky with the Carlisle coach firm we use because they have a new coach for Carlisle United, so thankfully they are at home and we often get that one for our games. Played on with what turned out to be a broken wrist
“Carlisle are at home to Colchester in League Two, so here’s hoping we get the better bus with all the fancy seats, videos and stuff. The players often have facilities to use their computer games which helps.”
Murphy added:“We have the two ankle injuries to Ryan Sinnamon and Owen Moxon while Rabin Omar and Liam Henderson are both suspended.
“That means another player reshuffle, but we’ll get through it.”
Davie Irons Win got us back on track