Saints and Vale share eight goals

The Galloway News - - SPORT - Stu­art Gille­spie

Good for the neutrals, not so good for the man­agers.

Abbey Vale and St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers played out a 4-4 draw at Mary­field Park on Satur­day that Saints co-man­ager Craig Fraser ad­mit­ted had him tear­ing his hair out at times.

He said: “As a man­ager, it’s ab­so­lutely aw­ful! You put a game plan in place, you try to make tac­ti­cal changes and sub­sti­tu­tions but you end up hav­ing no con­trol over it.

“It could have been any­thing on Satur­day. It could have been 9-9 or it could have been 0-0.”

Vale drew first blood when Adam Kirk headed them in front af­ter 14 min­utes, Dale Mil­li­gan equal­is­ing 11 min­utes later.

For­mer Saints striker Craig Rudd put his side back in front be­fore goals from Mil­li­gan and Ben Jaekel gave Saints a 3-2 lead at half-time.

It was be­gin­ning to re­sem­ble a bas­ket­ball game rather than a foot­ball match as Tommy Goss lev­elled things up at the start of the sec­ond half, An­drew Don­ley then putting Saints back in front.

A de­flected Dy­lan Cairnie shot gave Vale a point but only be­cause Ross Hunter missed a late penalty for Saints.

Fraser said: “We got ex­actly what we ex­pected. It was a wee park, they were in our faces, there were right up for it and they were en­er­getic.

“We were 2-1 up at half-time but I felt we’d got away with it a lit­tle bit as it was slightly against the run of play.

“Every time we stepped up the in­ten­sity and the ag­gres­sion we scored, but we only did it for five minute spells. It was only wee glimpses of what we were ca­pa­ble of do­ing.

“In the sec­ond half we shot our­selves in the foot early doors when we con­ceded but again there was a 15 minute spell where we kept the ball and scored again.

“The goal for 4- 4 was prob­a­bly the luck­i­est of the game as it took a de­flec­tion that wrong footed our goalie.” “We had a penalty two min­utes from the end that we missed and that summed up the day.

“We try to take pos­i­tives but it was aw­ful. I don’t know if that’s be­cause I got into the play­ers too much about what to ex­pect.

“That’s to take noth­ing away from Abbey Vale who played well and I think if we keep an eye on their re­sults they’ll take a lot of points off teams there.”

Saints have no game this week­end and the play­ers may have Satur­day off de­pend­ing on how the mid­week train­ing ses­sions go.

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