Narrow derby day win for Wigtown

Wigtown & Bladnoch v Newton Stewart

Wigtown's Lewis Dunn (left) and Robbie Thomson (right) of Newton tussle for the ball.
Wigtown & Bladnoch v Newton Stewart Wigtown's Lewis Dunn (left) and Robbie Thomson (right) of Newton tussle for the ball.

Wigtown and Bladnoch extended their lead at the top of the South of Scotland League last Saturday when they narrowly beat local rivals Newton Stewart by the odd goal in five.

Wigtown striker Robert Jamison scored a double within 15 minutes of the start of the match before Newton striker Robert Middleton pulled one back.

Six minutes before the break Wigtown were awarded a penalty and Ian Millar coverted to give his side a comfortable half time lead.

The visitors came more into the match in he second half but it took until 15 minutes from time before they could break down the home defence when Martyn Henry found the net. However the league leaders held out to take the three points and to keep their unbeaten record intact. In the only other league match that was played present champions St Cuthbert Wanderers beat Upper Annandale by seven goals to two at Moffat. Saints goals came from Andrew Donley with a hat-trick and singles from Roman Soltys who was later red carded, Ben Jaekel and Scott Alexander with keeper Ross Wilson getting in on the act with a long range free kick that was defelcetd into the home net.

There were also four matches played in the SCFA Aternative Cup First Round with Creetown beating Heston Rovers at Castle Cary Park by two goals to one with the winner coming from a header by Ross Drysdale in time added on with Micky Sutherland finding the net for the home sides first goal. Lochar Thistle scored seven goals in an hour through William Dempster, Ryan Service and Kieran Kreuse in their match at New Abbey against Abbey Vale before Vale found four in return with Brodie Turner, Dan Thom, Clarke Chambers and Lee Malin finding the net. However it was all too little and too late with the visitors scoring another to end a twelve goal thriller. Nithsdale Wanderers recorded a runaway victory over Dumfries YMCA at Sanquar when they scored no fewer than nine goals while Mid-Annandale and Lochmaben battled it out in Lockerbie with Mids coming out on top on this occasion . Connor Murray opened the scoring for Mids after eight minutes play to give his side a slender lead that they took into the break, A great solo effort from Luke Hammond six minutes after the re-start seemed to seal matters with things getting even better in ther fifty deventh minute when Dean Smith won a penalty from which he scored Mids third. Lochmaben were themselves awarded a penalty after Andy Thom had been red carded but as it turned out the conversion was only a consolation goal with Mids holding out to progress to the next round of this particular competition.

Results from Saturday 3rd September 2016

South of Scotland League

Upper Annandale 2 St Cuthbert Wanderers 7

Wigtown and Bladnoch 3 Newton Stewart 2

SCFA Alternative Cup - Round 1

Abbey Vale 4 Lochar Thistle 8

Creetown 2 Heston Rovers 1

Mid-Annandale 3 Lochmaben 1

Nithsdale Wanderers 9 Dumfries YMCA 0