Cup tie produces 10-goal thriller

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There were only four matches scheduled to be played at the weekend but the Tweedie Cup second round tie between Creetown and Nithsdale Wanderers became the latest victim of the wet weather.

The other cup tie which was played on the 3G pitch at Galabank, Annan, saw Mid-Annandale and Crichton produce a 10-goal thriller.

The home side got off to a great start by scoring after only two minutes when Connor Patterson found the net but Crichton struck back 12 minutes later with the first of four headed goals from striker Mark Leighfield.

Leighfield put his side ahead with 36 minutes played with another header and five minutes later headed goal number three to send the teams in at the interval with Crichton holding a two-goal advantage.

Ten minutes after the restart Darren Johnstone increased Crichton’s lead from 15 yards out but three minutes later Sean Dunbar scored Mids’ second from close in. With 13 minutes left to play, Patterson gave his side a fighting chance when he made the scoreline 4-3 in favour of the visitors but three minutes later Jamie Philips scored from 30 yards out to open up a gap again.

Crichton’s joy was short-lived, however, when Mids’ Darren Notman found the net to again claw his side back into the contest but it was all too little and too late with Leighfield again heading home to make the final scoreline 6-4 to the Hospital Park side.

A Craig Rudd goal was the difference between St Cuthbert Wanderers and Abbey Vale at half-time at St Mary’s Park in a South of Scotland League match but the home side produced four second half goals to run out comfortable winners to take the valuable three points to keep their league title hopes alive.

Ben Irving scored what proved to be a consolation goal for Vale eight minutes after the restart with Russell Parker putting his side ahead again in the 56th minute. Struan Parker scored goals number three and four for the home side with a tap in leading to number five as Saints went nap.

League title favourites Wigtown and Bladnoch continued in their winning ways by beating Lochar Thistle 7-1 at Trammondford with Jamie McHarrie scoring four on his own.

Results from Saturday, March 8

Tweedie Cup second round

Creetown v Nithsdale Wanderers (match postponed)

Mid-Annandale 4 Crichton 6

South of Scotland League

St Cuthbert Wanderers 5 Abbey Vale 1

Wigtown and Bladnoch 7 Lochar Thistle 1