Star pegged back by Uni
Dalbeattie Star let the chance for a rare win slip through their fingers against Edinburgh University on Saturday.
Star were 2-0 up against the students only to concede twice in the second half and end up with a point.
But despite that setback, boss Darren Kerr was pleased with what he saw from his side.
He said: “It’s disappointing not to hold out for the win but it was a good performance.
“We were a bit unfortunate with the goals. We thought the first one was offside and for the second they have scuffed in a corner. Our defender and their striker have struck it at the
same time and it has spun into the net. That’s the sort of luck we’ve been having.
“I thought we were going with a squad of 15 but we had three call-offs at 10am on Saturday and the bus was leaving at 10.30am so there was nothing I could do. I couldn’t draft anyone in to sit on the bench.
“We had to play Ally Mason who had been out for three weeks and I was the only one on the bench. We had to go a bit more defensive to accommodate me when I came on which wasn’t ideal. If we’d had one or two players on the bench we could have changed it as the boys were tiring.
“We had three great chances at the end to win it and we should probably have scored but it was a combination of finishing and good goalkeeping.”
Star defender Curtiss Wilson kept up his scoring streak when he headed in Scott Milligan’s corner after just three minutes.
And it looked as if they were on course for victory when Tommy Muir headed home Milligan’s free-kick early in the second half.
But the hosts responded, Rafa Calbacho scoring after his header had hit the bar before they drew level through sub Ross Watters.
Despite that blow, Star had chances to win, Mark McKenna twice going close and Milligan being denied by keeper Mark Tait.
The game also saw Star hand a debut to youngster Ewan Gourlay who has joined on loan from Queen of the South until the end of the season.
Kerr said: “He did really well. We started with three at the back and he slotted in on the right hand side. He was good, he was physical and he spoke away. He’d only met the boys for the first time on Thursday.
“We’re pleased we were able to get him, Queens brought a few in which meant we were able to get him before the deadline on a development loan and we’re grateful to Eddie Warwick for that.”
Star have no game this weekend and the break seems to have come at the right time, Kerr hoping of having most of the squad fit and ready for the next game against Whitehill Welfare on February 17.
And there could be a further boost with Lewis Sloan possibly set to rejoin the squad, having been out with injury since the summer.
Kerr said: “He’s hopefully starting light training which is a positive. It’ll be like a new signing if we get him back this season but if not he’ll be back for next season.
“Greig Thorburn should be back and Grant Parker has been out for three or four weeks so getting him back will help with numbers. Jamie McHarrie, Dean Brotherston and Ally McColm all missed Saturday but they should hopefully be back too.
“The free week gave the boys the chance to recharge. It’s the same boys that have been playing all season and the heavy pitches are taking their toll.
“It’s a big three weeks for us because after the break we have two home games against teams round about us and we’re really looking to win to push back up the league.”