Boss urges team to ditch losing streak
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.