Saints gear up for tough encounter
Craig Fraser reckons Saturday’s trip to Abbey Vale will be one of St Cuthbert Wanderers’ toughest games of the season.
The Kirkcudbright side head to Maryfield Park to take on a Vale team who saw their perfect start to the season end in emphatic style on Friday night when they were thumped 7-1 by Mid Annandale in the SCFA Alba Cup.
Fraser said: “It’s a small, compact park, they can get in your face and they get a lot of points down there.
“That, combined with the result against Mids, means it’ll probably be one of the hardest games we have this year.
“It’s one of these places like Uppers and Creetown where you’ve just got to get your sleeves rolled up.”
Saints go into the game on the back of a disappointing weekend themselves.
They lost 4-3 at home to Stranraer in the league, despite being 2-1 up at half-time.
Fraser said: “I thought the first half went very well, the players followed the game plan to a T and we went in 2-1 up.
“We scored early through Ben Jaekel, they equalised from a set piece but Andrew Donley scored with a fine strike from 20 yards.
“We were 2-1 up although we had missed a few chances and if we’d taken them it would have been more comfortable.
“At half-time we told them just to keep doing what they were doing and if they won the second half then they’d win the football match.
“However, they got a bit twitchy and Stranraer were able to break up the game a bit more. We couldn’t really get into a rhythm and it turned into a bit of a battle.
“They used their experience and we weren’t able to cope with it.
“We haven’t been able to get any consistency going. When we’ve had a good result it’s been off the back of a bad one. We lost to Musselburgh the week before and were looking to get a run going but couldn’t.”
Pictured Action from Saints’ game against Stranraer