Star win at Beith
Dalbeattie pre-season going well
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