Mind the gap
Fired-upThreave win cup derby
Threave Rovers boss Scott Wilby said he used the words of his opposite number to fire up his players for Saturday’s derby.
The manager was upset with St Cuthbert Wanderers comanager Craig Fraser saying the Tweedie Cup clash was a chance for his team to show they’d closed the gap to the Castle Douglas side.
And telling his players what the opposition gaffer thought worked wonders for Wilby as they won 4-1 at Meadow Park.
Wilby said: “Before the game my team talk was done for me after the comments last week about the gap being closed.
“It made my team talk easy and the result proves there is still a gap between the two teams. Saints were at full strength and we were without six first team regulars and the boys that came in did really well. “We’ve won the last four games we’ve played against Saints. “The boys did well and the only disappointing thing was we conceded a goal late on as we have been keeping clean sheets lately. The pitch, although there has been a lot of rain, was fantastic.”
Roman Soltys scored twice in the win with Connor Jamieson grabbing a tremendous individual goal and Ben Irving also on target.
Last night Threave were due to play Upper Annandale before hosting Lochmaben on Saturday and going to Mid Annandale in midweek.
Wilby said: “It’s a big week for us as we have three league games. If we get nine points it’ll put us right back up there.
“Teams maybe haven’t been feeling the pressure from us because we’re behind in games but if we get nine points we’ll be back level”.
Threave are hoping to add a new player in the next week with Ross Gray being loaned to Heston Rovers while youngster Sam Goldie from Castle Douglas has been brought in to the squad.
The manager added: “He’s a young boy, he’s only 16 or 17 but he’s been in training with us for a few weeks and it’s been on the cards for a while.
“Ross has been unlucky that Bryce Wilson and Liam Patterson have formed a good partnership at the back. He’s going back to America and needs games.”
Cup derby Threave defeated Saints on Saturday