Saints’ poor start to the sea­son con­tin­ues

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St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers co­man­ager Craig Fraser is hop­ing to solve a con­fi­dence con­cern in his squad.

The Kirkcud­bright side is with­out a win in five games and was beaten by Abbey Vale in the first round of the Cree Lodge Cup on Sat­ur­day.

This week­end Saints re­turn to St Mary’s for South of Scot­land League ac­tion against bot­tom of the ta­ble New­ton Ste­wart. How­ever, that is no straight­for­ward fix­ture.

Fraser said: “To be fair New­ton Ste­wart have had a very hard start to the sea­son. It’s an op­por­tu­nity for them to get up and run­ning. Be­cause last week I would’ve thought ‘they’ll be low in con­fi­dence as they haven’t won’. But sod’s law they won on Sat­ur­day in the cup! So they’ll be high in con­fi­dence now. “We know what this league is like and we know ev­ery team is ca­pa­ble of beat­ing each other so there’s no easy games.

“Con­fi­dence in foot­ball can be lost very quickly and it’s very hard to get it back.

“We’ve been training well and play­ing well in spells but at the minute its down to con­fi­dence.

“When play­ers are low in con­fi­dence you can see play­ers hide and they don’t want the ball as much. De­ci­sion mak­ing isn’t as good ei­ther and when you’re higher in con­fi­dence you play bet­ter. It is over to us in the coach­ing team to sort it.”

Tommy Goss and Declan Trem­ble scored af­ter the break for Abbey Vale as the Saints crashed out of the cup.

Craig said: “It was an­other dis­ap­point­ing week­end to be fair.

“I didn’t think there was an aw­ful lot in the game and the first half was even stevens. We didn’t do enough in our pas­sages of play and there wasn’t a lot hap­pen­ing.

“We could’ve went in lead­ing at half time but it was 0-0 and we didn’t get a rhythm go­ing. It was a bit bet­ter in the sec­ond half but we’re lack­ing con­fi­dence at the minute and that’s up to us as the man­age­ment team to sort out.

“A cou­ple of big de­ci­sions we felt went against us but we won’t hide be­hind any of that.”

Ac­tion from the St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers v Abbey Vale match at St Mary’s which saw the vis­i­tors win 2-0

Pic­tured

Frazer Brolls Abbey Vale gaffer

Craig Fraser St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers boss

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