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Wilby calls for more back up for Soltys
Threave Rovers boss Scott Wilby has challenged his players to take some of the pressure off striker Roman Soltys.
The Castle Douglas side lost 1-0 at Mid Annandale in the South of Scotland League Cup on Saturday with Connor Graham scoring the only goal after an hour.
And the player/manager has called on his men to help Soltys out on the goal front.
He said: “It’s a disappointing result but the boys played really well. We’ve played a lot worse this season and won.
“We had six or seven good chances to score. My worry is Roman scores regularly but he will have off days and we need boys to step up and help score the goals.
“They only had three or four chances. They played well as a team, as a unit, but they never broke us down and their goal came from a set-piece.
“I’m not going to worry about it – it was a cup game and it’s maybe a blessing in disguise as we have a lot of games coming up.
“The new fixtures have come out and we’re going to be playing Saturday and Wednesday from the end of October until December. We have eight league games at Meadow before Christmas which is going to be a tough ask with the weather.”
Saturday sees Threave head to Dumfries to take on Lochar Thistle.
Their opponents are currently top of the league with Threave looking for a win after they lost to Lochar on the opening day of the season.
Wilby said: “I would probably say Lochar are favourites as they seem to be winning every week so all the pressure is on them as they are the top team.
“I’m looking forward to going there, I’ve got a lot of respect for Lochar, for Russell Caskie and for Nikki White.
“Hopefully we can play the way we can as, if we do that. we’re capable of winning most games.
“In a way it’s a shame it’s so early in the season. This is our eighth league game and we’ll already have played them twice. It’s not going to decide anything. These games are sometimes at the end of the season in April or May and it decides everything but whoever drops points on Saturday has plenty of time to win them back.
“I think there will be a big crowd as, in my opinion, it’s two of the top teams and hopefully there is a good referee who lets the teams play their own game as I think it’ll be a physical match.” Football Threave Rovers Manager Scott Wilby