Saints stage fightback
‘We celebrated it like a win’
St Cuthbert Wanderers put their coaching team through an“emotional rollercoaster”as they drew with league leaders Lochar Thistle on Saturday.
The Kirkcudbright side saw their 1-0 lead turned into a 3-1 deficit before a stoppage time goal gave them a point.
Co-manager Craig Fraser said: “It was an emotional rollercoaster, it was one of those games that had everything and I don’t think I’ve been involved in a game like that for some time.
“We celebrated it like a win – after being 3-1 down against potential champions and getting it back to 3-3 it was great to get a point.
“It was two teams with different agendas as they were looking to maintain their position at the top and we were looking to keep within touching distance.”
Ian Miller’s free-kick gave Saints the lead before Steven Scott’s cross-come-shot caught out keeper Willie White.
The same player scored a stunning goal in the second half to put Lochar in front and another mis-hit cross, this time from Greig Goodwin, ridiculous. With 10 men we reshaped, we stuck another striker on and we got a penalty, but unfortunately we missed it, then they scored in the last minute.”
Star were without the suspended Muir as well as Liam Park and James Baty, former skipper Ritchie Maxwell coming in for a rare doubled the advantage.
But the visitors then had Blair Steele sent off and Blair Dougan scored to give Saints some hope, Ross Hunter scoring to secure a point in stoppage time.
Fraser said: “Both teams were cautious to start with, there wasn’t much football played and the ball was in the air a lot.
“We got a nice lead through Ian Miller’s freekick and for five or 10 minutes after that we were quite comfortable. Then the ball was played wide and Steven Scott has gone to cross it to the back post and it’s ended up going in. There was nothing Willie could do, luck just went against us.
“I felt neither side was dominating and the second half started the same as the first and it was a bit scrappy.
“In the second half the ball broke to Steven Scott about 30 yards out, he just hit it and it stayed hit. It was a tremendous strike and he’ll never hit another one of those again – and I told him that on Saturday night!
“Greig Goodwin then tried to put in a cross and again he’s mis-hit it and it’s gone in and we were 3-1 down with two goals that weren’t really meant.
“I could see the boys heads went down a wee bit but Blair Steele was sent off for a bad tackle which gave us a chance and we were pushing on.
“Blair Dougan scored for 3-2 and for the last 10 or 15 minutes we were just pushing on and pushing on. In the last minute Ross Hunter hit one that went in.”
Saints have brought in goalie Dale Leith from Creetown to provide cover for White and are looking for a new defender as Jack Loudon has signed for Threave Rovers.
Last night they were due to play new leaders Heston Rovers with a trip to Stranraer in prospect for Saturday.
Fraser said: “Stranraer beat us earlier in the season. Like a lot of teams they’re fit, young, energetic but they’re also a bit inconsistent.
“It’s a funny league at the moment, there’s still four or five teams who can win the league which hasn’t been the case at this stage for the last few years.”
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