Derby day plaudits go to Dalbeattie
Star defeat regional rivals at Islecroft
Dalbeattie Star claimed the region’s bragging rights with victory over Gretna 2008 on Saturday.
Star ran out 2-1 winners as they moved three points clear of their local rivals.
Assistant manager Gary Holden said: “It’s a huge three points and it gets us back in the middle of the pack.
“We said to them before the game that they owed themselves a performance and that’s exactly what they did.”
Star boss Darren Kerr was less than happy with his side after they were beaten at Whitehill Welfare the week before.
And he’d probably have been left wishing it was that game he missed, rather than Saturday’s derby, as his team put in a great display in his absence.
Dean Brotherston put them in front after good work from Farrel O’Sullivan, only for Jake Smith to take advantage of a mistake in the defence to equalise.
But straight away Star were back in front, Connor Graham’s brilliant header turning out to be the winner.
Holden said: “It was a fantastic result and it could maybe have been more comfortable as we had two or three good
chances in he second half. To be fair to Gretna both of us were missing a few players.
“We asked the players a few questions in training. We asked them for a performance after the week before and we got everything we could have asked for and more.
“To a man they were superb on Saturday. Dean Brotherston showed the qualities he has and he’s now in the top scorers in the league.
“I don’t like singling out one person in a great team performance but for young Ross Thomson, who is in his first season in the Lowland League, to play like that is superb. Having Lee Wells back in was a greal bonus as he gave us that steel and strength in the middle of the park.”
This Saturday Star are at home again as they face Sauchie in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup.
Their opponents are new to the competition this season, having joined the East of Scotland League from the junior ranks over the summer.
Holden said: “We have had them watched and we have asked another team for information on them because it’s never good going in blind.
“This is now the biggest non-league cup competition in Scotland with all of the teams that have come in and it will be a huge effort from any team to win it.”
Podium finishers The top three crews at the end of the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally, part of the MSA Scottish Rally Championship, on Saturday
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Close Dean Brotherston tries a shot which just went wide for Star