Star build on good start

Week­end win takes Dal­beat­tie into third

The Galloway News - - LOWLAND LEAGUE - Stu­art Gille­spie

Dal­beat­tie Star’s fine start to the sea­son has them fly­ing high in the Low­land League.

Satur­day’s 3-2 win over BSC Glas­gow means they find them­selves in third, just two points be­hind lead­ers East Kil­bride.

How­ever, man­ager Dar­ren Kerr isn’t get­ting too car­ried away.

He said: “We’ve played an ex­tra game but we’ve got points on the board which is the most im­por­tant thing in this league.

“Ev­ery team take points off each other so we’re tak­ing it RE­PLACE­MENT LOUVRES, WEIGHTS & CHAINS FOR VER­TI­CAL BLINDS one game at a time.”

Both sides cre­ated plenty of chances in the first half on Satur­day and it was BSC who went into the break in front, Tom Woods fir­ing past keeper Vin­nie Parker right on half-time. The re­sponse from Star af­ter the in­ter­val was swift. Lewis Sloan curled home a fan­tas­tic equaliser be­fore they took the lead in strange cir­cum­stances. Iain An­der­son blocked a clear­ance from the BSC keeper and the ball bounced off the post back to a de­fender who was robbed by Craig Fer­gus­son and he smashed the ball over the line.

Jamie McHar­rie hit the wood­work as Star looked to ex­tend their lead and they just did that when An­der­son flicked on a clear­ance for Sloan and his cross was headed in by Tommy Muir.

But BSC gave them­selves hope 10 min­utes from time when Woods scored his sec­ond of the game thanks to a long range thun­der­bolt.

The vis­i­tors pushed for an equaliser but Parker pulled off some great saves to en­sure the points stayed at Isle­croft.

“As ever in this league it was a hard game,” said Kerr. “We missed a few chances but the im­por­tant thing was we cre­ated them. I felt we should maybe have scored one or two of the

chances we cre­ated in the first half then they scored just be­fore half time.

“We told them it was im­por­tant to start the sec­ond half well and we started on fire. We scored just af­ter half time and got goals at im­por­tant times.

“We kept the ball with real en­ergy and we got the win. Last sea­son we had too many draws. They scored a great sec­ond goal and Vin­nie bailed us out a bit with a save but if it had fin­ished a draw we’d have felt re­ally hard done to.”

This week­end Star go to White­hill Wel­fare who lost 3-1 to Gretna 2008 at the week­end.

Ear­lier in the sea­son, Star used Gretna’s in­sight to for­mu­late a suc­cess­ful game plan for their game against Cum­ber­nauld Colts.

And while Kerr in­tends to do the same, he has other prob­lems to con­cern him­self with.

He said: “We’ll see what we’ve got to say but I’m more wor­ried about my own team at the mo­ment as we’ll have a cou­ple of peo­ple miss­ing. Ian An­der­son and Lee Wells are rep­re­sent­ing Scot­land in a five-aside tour­na­ment in Hun­gary but we should still have a squad of 14 or 15.

“Con­nor Gra­ham and James Baty will be back and Steven Deg­nan was on the bench on Satur­day so we’re los­ing two but gain­ing three.It’ll be a usual White­hill game It’ll be ex­tremely tough up there and they’ll be rough and ready and a phys­i­cal team.

“If we can get a point we’ll be de­lighted as any­thing away form home is a bonus in this league.”

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