Saints gear up for tough encounter

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

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

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