Dalbeattie hang on in Lowland League
Dalbeattie Star will play Lowland League football next season.
Saturday’s game against second bottom Vale of Leithen was all but irrelevant after the Borders side could only draw 4-4 with Cumbernauld Colts on Wednesday night.
Relieved Star boss Darren Kerr said: “I was glad it was over on Wednesday night. I went up to watch it and it was a strange game. Cumbernauld started off well and then were 3-0 down but they fought back and in the end could have won it.
“A point was enough for us and it meant we could go into Saturday a bit more relaxed and try a few different things with one eye on the cup game.
“It’s been a difficult season but there’s maybe only been a couple of games, such as Spartans and Saturday, where we deserved to lose, the rest of the time we’ve been unlucky or we’ve been short of numbers.
“Hopefully Cowdenbeath can beat Cove and Vale of Leithen can stay in the league too.”
Vale took an early lead on Saturday through Jordan Finnie but any hopes of them completing the nine-goal win they needed to overtake Star vanished when Tommy Muir headed Star level.
In the second half Vale retook the lead through Finnie before Lewis Sloan and Muir hit the bar for the hosts.
The league season ended with a flurry of goals, Tommy Patterson scoring from the spot after Mark McKenna had fouled Chris Patterson before Finnie completed his hat-trick with a second penalty, Vinnie Parker fouling Sean Stewart.
Liam Park had a goal disallowed for Star before they scored a consolation goal in stoppage
time, subs Corey Thomson and Ally Mason combining for Hugh Cameron to head home.
Kerr said: “We played OK in the first half. We lost an early goal which wasn’t good but for the rest of the first half we were OK.
“The second half was a poor affair. It was typical end of season stuff and it petered out. We made subs, we didn’t play our strongest 11 and we gave away two silly penalties. We were never in danger of losing by nine goals. It’s been a difficult season and the important thing was just staying in the league.”
Star’s season isn’t quite over. Last night, they were due to face Abbey Vale in the South of Scotland Challenge Cup semi finals, the winners facing Abbey Vale or Bonnyton Thistle in the final. It’s a competition Star won last year and they hope to retain it.
Kerr said: “If we could win the cup it would be a fantastic end to the season. Hopefully we can beat Abbey Vale and then we’ve a two-week wait to the final.”
Action Jamie McHarrie fights for the ball during the Dalbeattie v Vale of Leithen match