Play­ers re­turn to strengthen Star

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Kenny Mac­Don­ald

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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