Star forced to set­tle for a share of spoils

The Galloway News - - SPORTS -

STUARTsGILLESPIE Dal­beat­tie Star had to set­tle for a point in their base­ment clash with White­hill Wel­fare on Satur­day.

The bot­tom two sides in the Low­land League met at Isle­croft and Star looked to be on their way thanks to Al­lan Jenkin’s first half header.

But 20 min­utes from time Kieran Somerville struck to earn White­hill a point that keeps them six points be­hind Star.

As­sis­tant man­ager Gary Holden said: “Per­for­mance wise we played well. We dom­i­nated the game and we had chances to be two or three goals up at half-time.

“We had some good chances and their keeper made some great saves in­clud­ing a world class save from Scott Mil­li­gan in the sec­ond half.

“We got hit on the counter at­tack and it was quite a sloppy goal to lose. We wanted three points but we’ve still got a gap over them and it was a must not lose game for us.

“I think the stop-start na­ture has been hurt­ing us and you could see on Satur­day we were lack­ing a bit of match sharp­ness.”

Jenkins has two weeks left of his loan spell from Darvel Ju­niors which will take in this week­end’s game against East Kil­bride and the fol­low­ing week’s derby with Gretna.

And Holden is de­lighted with the im­pact the ex­pe­ri­enced mid­fielder has made.

He said: “His work rate and at­ti­tude have been su­perb.

“He has done ev­ery­thing we’ve asked for him, his in­flu­ence on and off the pitch has been dif­fer­ent class and you can tell with the level he’s played at.”

Star should have a full strength squad avail­able this week­end as they face a Kilby side who are four points clear at the top of the ta­ble.

Holden added: “East Kil­bride are the best team in the league in my opin­ion. Some of the sign­ings they’ve made have been in­cred­i­ble, such as Chris Humphreys who was at present, and good luck to them.

“If we get any­thing it is a bonus but we go up un­beaten in three games and we go with a bit of con­fi­dence.”

Well matched Ac­tion from Dal­beat­tie Star’s draw against White­hill on Satur­day at Isle­croft

Goal cel­e­bra­tion Star opened the scoring in the first half

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