Star build on good start
Weekend win takes Dalbeattie into third
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.”