Th­reave end Vale’s record

High-scor­ing BSC head to Isle­croft

The Galloway News - - SPORT - Stu­art Gille­spie

Th­reave Rovers ended their eve game los­ing run on Satur­day as they beat Abbey Vale at Meadow Park.

The Cas­tle Dou­glas side were trail­ing 2-1 at half­time but turned things around to win 3-2 and end their ri­vals’ un­beaten start in the league.

Boss Sam War­ren said: “I’m de­lighted with the re­sult, the boys did ev­ery­thing we asked of them and played well.

“We were dis­ap­pointed to go in 2-1 down at half­time. We could see the heads were down as we’d just lost two goals so they showed good char­ac­ter to turn it round and get what they de­served.

“You can see the lift in con­fi­dence it has given them. It was the first time Abbey Vale have lost in the league and they are one of the best teams in the league.”

Th­reave took an early lead af­ter An­drew Don­ley was brought down by Tay­lor Hall and Dan Thom scored the penalty.

Vale drew level through Tommy Goss’s header be­fore De­clan Trem­ble gave them the lead af­ter Jake Gem­mell had saved Dy­lan Cairnie’s penalty.

Th­reave were back level early in the sec­ond half as new sign­ing Stu­art Max­well’s cross took a de­flec­tion off of Liam Dou­glas. The win­ner ar­rived when Hall Dal­beat­tie Star wel­come free-scor­ing BSC Glas­gow to Isle­croft on Satur­day.

Their op­po­nents have rat­tled in 15 goals in their last three league games, in­clud­ing a 7-1 ham­mer­ing of Th­reave Rovers.

Star boss Dar­ren Kerr said: “They’re on a bit of a run at the mo­ment. They had a bit of a slow start but they’re now scor­ing goals and are quite sturdy at the back as well.

“We’ll set up to try to frus­trate them for as long as we can and keep our­selves in the game. Hope­fully we can take some­thing from it.

“They’ll be well or­gan­ised, they al­ways are, but hope­fully we can stop them.”

Con­nor Gra­ham is likely to miss Satur­day’s game while Greig Thor­burn faces a race against time to be fit enough.

Star had no game on Satur­day, draw­ing 1-1 with St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers in a mid­week friendly.

Kerr added: “It was a good run out. It gave some much needed game-time to some of the play­ers.

“Those that hadn’t played on the Satur­day played 90 min­utes and the ones that had got 45 each.

“It was quite a tough game and it was a bit phys­i­cal. We needed the game as we had no train­ing on Mon­day with the school be­ing shut.”

picked up a back­pass and when the in­di­rect free-kick was played to Thom he fired it into the net.

Fol­low­ing last week’s ar­rival of Don­ley and Max­well, Th­reave have boosted their squad fur­ther with the ad­di­tion of for­mer Abbey Vale player Adam Up­hill. The for­mer Queen of the South young­ster came off the bench against his old club on Satur­day.

This week­end, Th­reave head to Dum­fries to face Lochar This­tle.

And there will be a fa­mil­iar face in the op­po­si­tion line-up in the shape of Scott Wilby, who quit as Th­reave boss ear­lier this sea­son.

War­ren said: “I’m good friends with Scott and we’ll have a chat af­ter the game but be­fore that we want to get a re­sult and hope­fully he’s on the wrong side of that!

“The games don’t get any eas­ier but hope­fully we can get an­other win.”

Dar­ren Kerr

No way through Th­reave in­flicted the first league de­feat of the sea­son on Abbey Vale

Pic­tured Ac­tion from Th­reave’s win over Abbey Vale

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