Boss urges team to ditch los­ing streak

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Kenny Mac­Don­ald

Man­ager Dar­ren Kerr reck­ons his next game in charge of Dalbeattie Star, against Edinburgh Univer­sity, is “ab­so­lutely mas­sive” fol­low­ing a blip in form.

The Low­land League out­fit crashed 3-0 away to Vale of Lei­then last week­end de­spite a storm­ing start when they could have been two-nil up.

But Kerr pointed out Star have stum­bled to three de­feats on the trot af­ter a mid­week loss against Edus­port Academy and a 3- 1 Scot­tish Cup de­feat at the hands of Kelty Hearts.

He in­sisted: “We have gifted Vale goals for three games on the bounce and now we have our next game against Edinburgh Uni who are round about us in the ta­ble and it’s ab­so­lutely mas­sive.

“It will be like a cup fi­nal for us now af­ter los­ing two league games in a row. We don’t want them to pick up too much ground on us.”

Star are se­cond bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter Satur­day’s de­feat.

They now have just eight points from 10 games but are four points clear of base­ment boys White­hill.

Kelty Hearts moved top for the first time this term with their 3-1 win at Gretna 2008.

Star have no game planned for this week­end and Kerr pointed out that worked in their favour as they await play­ers back from in­jury and hol­i­days.

He added: “We have a young back four and they gifted goals so it is a big learn­ing curve for them.

“Cur­tiss Wil­son will be back from hon­ey­moon in time for the Edinburgh Uni game and he is vo­cal at the back and a good or­gan­iser.

“We had Hugh Cameron back for us at the week­end af­ter his hol­i­day and he seemed a bit leggy so once we get a few train­ing ses­sions into him he’ll be back to his best.

“And the break is a good thing for us as well with Greg Thorburn and Con­nor Gra­ham given time to re­cover from their in­juries.”

Kerr ruled out any week­end friendlies or train­ing ses­sions and said: “We have a few boys with work com­mit­ments and also, as I men­tioned ear­lier, there are a few in­juries that need time to clear up. So we will train again next Mon­day.” The game is at home at 3pm.

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