Play­ers com­mit toTh­reave

The Galloway News - - DRIVETIME EXTRA -

Th­reave Rovers man­ager Scott Wilby was busy this week­end, de­spite the club’s home fix­ture against He­ston Rovers on Satur­day fall­ing foul of the weather.

Af­ter Meadow Park’s play­ing sur­face failed an in­spec­tion fol­low­ing heavy overnight rain, the play­ers had a train­ing ses­sion and no fewer than eleven also com­mit­ted their fu­ture to the club.

As well as man­ager Scott Wilby, the club signed ex­ten­sions for Steven Couper, Grant Mid­dle­miss, Jake Gem­mell, Jack McMurdo, Sean Mil­li­gan, Liam Pat­ter­son, Ben Irv­ing, Bryce Wil­son, Con­nor Jamieson and Ryan Nish.

Boss Wilby said: “We man­aged to sit down with the play­ers and get some ex­ten­sions signed which is a real boost for the club and shows that things are go­ing well on and off the pitch for the club.

“It would have been a mas­sive three points for us with it be­ing so tight at the top of the table.

“We’ve got some games in hand, but it’s very hard to play

Wed­nes­day and Satur­day so we need to get some games on.”

Af­ter the week­end’s fix­tures, Th­reave now sit in third po­si­tion in the South of Scot­land table, two points be­hind joint lead­ers Bon­ny­ton This­tle and Lochar This­tle but en­joy games in hand on both sides.

The Cas­tle Dou­glas side head to Abbey Vale this week­end in the league aim­ing to make up some ground on some of their ti­tle ri­vals at the top.

Wilby added: “We’ve got some games in hand now but it’s very dif­fi­cult to play Wed­nes­day and Satur­day.

“All we can do is worry about our­selves and play well be­cause there isn’t much be­tween teams and so if we drop our level and Abbey Vale raise theirs, they’ll win the game.

“We saw it ear­lier in the sea­son when we went to Kelty, played re­ally well and won, and then went to He­ston, didn’t per­form and lost.

“We seem to strug­gle against Abbey Vale and they’re a well set up out­fit. They’re pos­si­bly in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to us in that they haven’t played as many games as some of the oth­ers in the league and they’ve done re­ally well away from home in par­tic­u­lar.”

The club also sealed an ap­pear­ance in the semi fi­nals of the Tweedie Cup last week af­ter de­feat­ing Cree­town 2-1, with the crunch fix­tures set to come flood­ing in over the com­ing weeks.

“There are a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and win­ners in the squad and I’m hop­ing that they’ll be driv­ing the younger play­ers in the squad on, not just in terms of the Abbey Vale at the week­end, but over the rest of the sea­son as well.”

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