Youngster scores on debut
Dalbeattie Star produced an eight- goal blitz in cup action at the weekend – including a strike by new boy Lloyd Pipe.
The Islecroft side began the defence of their Southern Counties Challenge Cup title with an 8-0 win away at Newton Stewart and seven players on target.
The visitors took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to strikes by Connor Graham and Ross Green before piling on the goals in the second period through Ally Mason, Lewis Todd, Lewis Sloan and Lloyd Pipe with a double f rom Ross Thomson completing the scoring.
Star had played just once in six weeks before Saturday’s win and gaffer Darren Kerr said the game provided the perfect chance to blow away the cobwebs.
He said: “It was the right game for us to get bedded in again and we were able to use most of the squad, including starting some of the younger players who haven’t had as much game time.
“We played well in the second half, although I was disappointed with our final ball in the first half but that was down to a bit of rust.
“It was great to see young Lloyd Pipe come on and score after we signed him last week. And Ally Mason also managed to score with his first touch, so that was pleasing to see.
“It gives me a bit of a selection headache for Saturday, which is a bonus.”
It’s back to Lowland League action on Saturday with a trip to eighth-placed Edinburgh Uni, who prevailed 3- 2 when the sides met at Islecroft in October.
But Kerr believes the match is a good chance to get back to winning ways and restore confidence ahead of five more games in the festive period.
He said: “We’re looking forward to getting back to league business.
“We were unlucky to lose the last game. They benefited from a couple of deflections for their goals and then went on a good run which shows how a few wins can really change a season.
“There’s a big month ahead for the squad with four games before the turn of the year and a big match against Gretna just after New Year, so it’s a chance to pick up some points.”