Newton are five alive

Newton Stewart 5, Crichton 1

It was third time lucky for Newton Stewart on Saturday with a victory in their third competitive match on their new synthetic playing surface.

They had lost the first two after scoring twice in the first half in both matches, against Nithsdale Wanderers and Fleet Star.

This time the Creesiders again scored twice in the first 45 minutes but went on to score another three before the end of the match to secure the three points in a comfortable victory.

Newton Stewart showed their intent right from the start and within two minutes striker Calum Dunn had his first effort on goal but was well wide of the mark. Four minutes later, though, the home side did take the lead when a John Kiltie free kick about 30 yards out found the net with a nasty deflection off a defender under pressure from Dunn.

In the 10th minute with Newton Stewart dominating proceedings Dunn fired a great effort towards goal but was unfortunate to see his shot hit the bottom of the upright with the keeper well beaten. Five minutes later Graeme Blain had the ball in the net but was adguged to have been offside. Blain then fed a superb pass to Liam Muir but again the effort on goal was just slighty off target.

Crichton came more into the match after this and there was some great end to end football on show for the small crowd of spectators. Almost on the half-time whistle, however, Newton doubled their advantage when Blain again fed a ball through for Muir to finish.

The Creesiders started the second half as they had finished the first and had Crichton on the back foot taking only eight minutes to find a third goal when Dunn on the right picked out Johnny Fisher on the left to hammer the ball past a startled keeper with some relish.

A minute later Newton thought that they had scored again but a Muir effort was once more adjuged to have been scored from an offside position.

On the hour Crichton got off the mark when Russell Thomson headed in a free kick to give the visitors what eventually proved to be a consolation goal.

With 77 minutes played Muir and Dunn combined to find goal number four and, right on the final whistle, a terrific cross ball from Kiltie found the head of substitute Jason Gallacher as Newton Stewart went nap.

This was a much better all round display from the Creesiders who are now producing some great passing football on their new playing surface.