Mind the gap

Fired-up­Th­reave win cup derby

The Galloway News - - SPORT - Stu­art Gille­spie

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

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