Fixtures are blown away

This tree was blown down onto the new fence at the 3G pitch in Newton Stewart
This tree was blown down onto the new fence at the 3G pitch in Newton Stewart

All the scheduled matches due to be played last Saturday in the South of Scotland League and the Potts Cup became victims of the adverse weather conditions.

High winds made it impossible to control a football, and were in fact so severe that they brought a lot of disruption across the region and at Blairmount Park a tree was blown over damaging the new fence around the synthetic pitch.

However, when the tree was cut up and removed the damage to the fence was less than at first thought and it will not hinder the use of the pitch.

There are no South games scheduled now until January 4, but the pitch is well booked by players for social football and by teams from Galloway Thistle Youth Club.

Newton Stewart FC have bolstered their chances of some success this season with the acquisition of four new players.

The Creesiders have signed Micky Wilson, a 30-year-old central defender who at one time played with Stranraer FC, and in the few games he has played he has added good experience at the back which will help the younger players around him.

Another of these is 22-year-old fullback Curtis Wilson, who was a regular starter for Dalbeattie Star and although still fairly young he also brings a lot of experience to the squad having played at a higher level. Curtis now lives in Stranraer, where he works, and playing for Newton Stewart has made training and matches much more convenient for him.

Calum Welsh, 22, who plays up front, has also been added, along with 26-year-old Alex Walker, a fast frontline player who came on as substitute last time out to score a superb winner against Mid-Annandale.

These players added to other new signings earlier this season gives Newton Stewart one of the best squads they had for years and they can now look to turn the skills and experience into something positive by way of success on the park.