Gretna are set to host the Strollers
Managerless Gretna had a free weekend as the hunt for their next boss continues.
They face familiar opposition onSaturday as they host Civil Service Strollers at Raydale, with the Edinburgh side having beaten them 2-1 in their last meeting.
Dalbeattie S tare nj oyed some respite from their league worries as they began the defenceof the Southern Counties ChallengeCup in style.
The Islecroft side travelled to Newton Stewart on the back offour straight defeats in the Lowland League which have seen them slip to second from bottom.
But the Creesiders didn’t present too much of a challengeas Star romped to a comfortable 8-0win.
The visitors held a 2-0 lead at the break thanks to strikes from Connor Graham and Ross Green, before piling on the goals in the second period with Ally Mason, LewisTodd, Lewis Sloan, Lloyd Pipe and a double from Ross Thomson rounding off the scoring.
The Creesiders also had two men sentoff in the second half as Star secured a comfortable passage into the secondround.
They will be hoping the result provides a much-needed confidence boost ahead of a trip to Edinburgh University on leaguebusiness this weekend. Kick-off for both games is3pm.