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Wilby calls for more back up for Soltys

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Stu­art Gille­spie

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

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