Spartans set out to bring Dalbeattie’s shooting Stars back down to Earth

Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013

League leaders Spartans travel to Dalbeattie for the first ever encounter between the sides as both teams look to continue their winning ways in Scottish Sun Lowland League.

Generous praise has been offered on our host’s website ahead of the League’s Match of the Day at Islecroft on Saturday where they describe Spartans as follows: “The Edinburgh side are the benchmark for clubs at this level.”

Come 3pm when the shrill of the whistle echoes around the ground, Star boss Paul McGinley, in his second spell as manager at the Dumfries club, will be looking to seize the opportunity to trade places at the top of the pile come the end of what promises to be an pulsating ninety minutes of football.

Star come off the back of a 0-3 away win at second placed East Kilbride last week which closed the gap on their opponents of the day. Spartans took advantage of this by leap-frogging the ‘Kilby’ with a 2-1 win against Gala to go top.

In Jamie Struthers & Scott Milligan, the free scoring hosts have two on-form strikers who have grabbed six goals apiece in the Dumfries outfit’s 27 goal haul, 3 short of the combined total of the top two sides, East Kilbride and league leaders Spartans.

Combating the Star strikers will be the formidable defence of Spartans who have only conceded 6 goals in their opening nine fixtures, with top shot-stopper Scott Bennett laying claim to four clean sheets so far on league duty.

One man looking forward to this historic trip is Spartans legend Donal Henretty.

With 379 appearances under his belt, the stalwart relishes yet another top of the table challenge, “I think it will be interesting to see what Dalbeattie are like as they’ve already shown with their results so far that they will be one of the forces to be reckoned with this season.”

“However, we’ll be keen to carry on where we left off last week after our 2-1 win v Gala in a game we dominated and maybe should’ve won by more, but it was 3 points in the bag all the same”

Unavailable for Dougie Samuel’s side this week are the experienced quartet of Daniel O’Donnell, Ali McKinnon, Sean Mushin and Alan Brown.

Chris Anderson has gone out on loan for a month to Peebles Rovers to help with his fitness.  With Chris living and working in Peebles, it enables him to spend less time travelling as he continues his fight back to full health after his illness.

Lowland League fixture card:

Edinburgh City v Threave Rovers
Gala Fairydean Rovers v Gretna 2008
Preston Athletic v Whitehill Welfare
Selkirk v University of Stirling
Vale of Leithen v East Kilbride

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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