Star win at Beith

Dal­beat­tie pre-sea­son go­ing well

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Stu­art McFar­lane

Dal­beat­tie Star claimed the scalp of the cur­rent West Ju­nior cham­pi­ons as their prepa­ra­tions for the Low­land League sea­son step up a gear.

The Isle­croft side had two more friendlies in the lead-up to the open­ing fix­ture at Kelty Hearts in a fort­night with a 0-0 draw with Lochar This­tle on Tues­day fol­lowed up with an ex­cel­lent 1-0 away win at Beith Ju­niors on Satur­day.

Star manager Dar­ren Kerr said that the Beith fix­ture of­fered a very valu­able pre­sea­son ex­er­cise and re­sult and praised striker Dean Brother­ston who claimed the game’s only goal as he stepped into the shoes of new An­nan sign­ing Tommy Muir.

He said: “We went to Beith on Satur­day and re­ally stood up to what they threw at us, nicked a goal and then had three or four chances our­selves to score again.

“It was a re­ally tough game, with good phys­i­cal­ity about it, and so it was pleas­ing that we de­liv­ered a good per­for­mance and man­aged to keep the same tempo through­out the game.

“We’re ex­pect­ing our open­ing op­po­nents in Kelty and East Kil­bride to be of a sim­i­lar stan­dard so it shows the re­sults we can get if we play and work well as a team.

“Dean worked hard and took his goal well go­ing around the keeper.”

Two fi­nal friendlies await Star be­fore the big kick off, with a trip to Ju­nior side Muirkirk to­mor­row night fol­lowed by a home fix­ture with Hamil­ton’s league-win­ning un­der 20 side, with Kerr hop­ing to se­cure sig­na­tures in the com­ing week to round off his squad.

And they will be miss­ing a few play­ers for to­mor­row’s game, in­clud­ing keeper Vin­nie Parker, who ties the knot on Satur­day.

He added: “We’re off to Muirkirk on Fri­day night so it’s an­other Ju­nior side and that will of­fer us an­other test be­cause they are an am­bi­tious side that wants to get out of their league this sea­son.

“It’ll be good for Ross Wil­son to get a game in goal be­cause he’s been a loyal un­der­study for us and the Muirkirk game will help to give us a chance to start some boys that didn’t get a chance last Satur­day.

“I’ve been happy with our pre-sea­son so far and the boys have worked re­ally hard, es­pe­cially af­ter tak­ing a bit of a blow with los­ing Tommy to An­nan.

“The young lads that we’ve brought in from the South haven’t looked out of place so far and if we can get the three or four lads that have been do­ing pre-sea­son with us over the line, then we’ll have a good group of 17 or 18 boys.”

Dean Brother­ston Scored the game’s only goal at Beith

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