Players return to strengthen Star
Dalbeattie Star boss Darren Kerr will have a bumper bundle of players returning from injury, suspension and a wedding.
Defender Curtiss Wilson was married last weekend and Star were missing a few players, who were guests at his big day, for their Scottish Cup replay.
Manager Kerr said: “We had quite a few players out for the cup replay with Kelty Hearts and the changes from the team the week before killed our momentum.
“But we still felt we were a bit hard done by in the cup tie to be three nil down at half-time because we played pretty well.
“We just made two errors in the last two minutes of the first half and were three goals behind and that was it. We did get a goal back but the game was done.
“Now we will have players coming back from injury, suspension and those who were at Curtiss’ wedding.
“We thought we’d be all right with this being a Scottish Cup first round tie but, of course, we got a draw and had to replay it at the weekend of Curtiss’ wedding. And he won’t be available because he’s on honeymoon now.
“But our injured players, Greg Thorburn and Connor Graham, will be in the squad against Vale of Leithen.”
Dalbeattie were due to play Edusport Academy last night.
However, Kerr revealed that Thorburn had been struggling with a lower back problem and was to be rested from the Lowland League tussle.
And he added: “Connor came off in the Kelty game after about an hour with a hamstring strain so he was to be rested for the Edusport game as well.
“So he may make the bench for this Saturday’s game with Vale.
“Lee Wells is coming back from suspension and will be available for the weekend and that will be a massive boost for us while Ross Wilson and Craig Fergusson return after being at the wedding.”
Kerr said of the weekend league fixture at Vale of Leithen: “They have made a few changes to their team and bulked up while adding a bit more quality too.
“Vale have won a lot of points at home this season and started the season well, so we are expecting a tough game. “
But, hopefully, we can stop their key players while our key players produce the goods on the day. We want to haul them back down the table while pushing ourselves up. But to do that we must cut our the errors that have cost us in the cup. Now it is all about the league.
“We missed out on a huge away trip to Peterhead in the second round. But we would rather have got through, especially to face a senior side.”
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