• Derek Bell

EARLY LEARNING THE HARD WAY

We travel through to Edinburgh tomorrow for a night match against Edinburgh University. We are finally back in League action and looking to get some points on the board in our third league match of the season and out first away game in the Lowland League (Gretna's waterlogged pitch making this the case).


The Uni will be playing their sixth game of the season with only a home win over Vale of Leithen under their graduation caps. The other four games have all resulted in defeat: 6 - 0 at home to the Braves on the opening day, 4 - 0 away to Shire, 2 - 0 away to Spartans and on Saturday they lost 1 - 0 at Dalbeattie. they will be looking to bounce back quickly from that one, Dalbeattie having been pointless and goalless prior to the game.


It's difficult not to feel that this is a must win game even at this early stage of the season, only ourselves Gretna and Vale are yet to get points on the board. Yes we've only played two games but we don't want to get cast adrift this early putting pressure on winning the games in hand. It's to be hoped that the team will have a bit of confidence now having won two games and kept clean sheets. There can be no doubt that the arrival of Ricky Miller has had a big impact on the team, he has solidified the back and has given us options with the out ball. Additionally we now have Euan Smith in the team and he already looks the part while Cieran Chalmers is really starting to settle into his role. We are starting to play some decent football and despite misgivings about the front line we are scoring goals.


It's customary in these previews to look at the opposition but I have nothing. All I can say is that after our last game against a Uni team we need to be sure we don't underestimate them, it's too easy to be dismissive of them just because they represent the University and to some people are somehow not a proper team. They'll want to win and give us a test, we need to be sure we pass it (you knew a cheap joke coming)

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