Cracking start to season

Heston's Oliver Spence comes under pressure from Newton's Liam Muir in the game on Wednesday night.
Heston's Oliver Spence comes under pressure from Newton's Liam Muir in the game on Wednesday night.

The first set of midweek matches in the South of Scotland League produced some exciting results on Wednesday night.

None more so than the contest at Moffat which saw newcomers Upper Annandale go to the top of the league following their convincing 4-2 victory over fellow newcomers Edusports Academy.

Neil Ruddick and Michael Swan scored singles with Mark Leighfield finding a double while the visitors countered just before the break.

Edu scored again in the second half but it was to no avail with Uppers hanging on to record their second successive victory.

Last season’s league champions Wigtown and Bladnoch slipped up again when they could only manage a 2-2 draw against last season’s runners up St Cuthbert Wanderers.

Curtiss Wilson put the home side ahead with a penalty in the first half with Robert John Paisley doubling the scoreline before Saints fought back with new signings Davy Kennedy and Grant Middlemass finding the net for a share of the points.

Lochar Thistle claimed second spot in the table with a three goal to two victory Abbey Vale in a closely run match.

Mid-Annandale kept up their good start with a 4-1 victory over Dumfries YMCA while Nithsdale beat Crichton by two goals to nil.

Newton Stewart beat Heston Rovers 2-0 at Blairmount with strikers Robert Middleton and Liam Muir supplying the goals in the 50th and 80th minutes respectively following a goalless first half.

This result sees the Creesiders lying in third place on full points in the table on goal difference but after the first two matches being the only team not to have conceded a goal so far.