Threave reach Raydale final
Short-handed side lose out to Kilsyth
Threave Rovers boss Scott Wilby told how he is facing a selection nightmare due to holidays and stag nights.
The title-winning manager has even been forced to scrap plans for a friendly this weekend due to a lack of numbers.
Wilby said: “We have not got a game because we have a lot of the boys going on Sean Milligan’s stag do in Belfast. “In fact, the majority of the team are going - it’s crazy! “But these things happen. “He was originally trying to have his do on July 28 but I said no chance because that’s our first game of the season in the South League.
“We won the league last season and as winners we have our first home game of the season at Meadow Park.
“It is also the gala day so there is going to be a good build up to the game and, fingers crossed, if the weather is decent then we should get a big crowd.
“Our pitch is looking good and we have Wigtown who are back in the league this season which is good.
“I have a lot of time for their manager Mickey Dougan and want him to do well, just not against us!”
Meanwhile, Wilby reflected on his side reaching the Raydale Cup Final after beating hosts Gretna 2008 2-1 in the opening clash with goals from Steven Couper and Robert Middleton.
The Black and Whites hauled a goal back with a spectacular free-kick by Jake Smith from 25 yards while team mate Kevin Connolly had missed a penalty.
And in the other Raydale Cup semi final Kilsyth Rangers, with player manager Jim Thomson taking to the pitch, ditched Cleater Moor Celtic, from Cumbria, 2-1.
Wilby said: “We beat Gretna 2-1 to make the final but once again there was another stag do and we were missing nine players.
“So we drafted in a lot of young boys from St Cuthbert’s under-17s to help us out.
“We had a full team for the Gretna win and a weakened team for the final so that kind shows where we are at just now.”
He added: “We have the same squad for this season and it is all about keeping everybody happy.”
Threave had fixed up a friendly with Palmerston Colts as we were going to press.