Newton are in seven heaven

Newton's Alistair Fisher with a well timed tackle on Fleet's Calum Wilson
Newton's Alistair Fisher with a well timed tackle on Fleet's Calum Wilson

Newton Stewart 7, Fleet Star 0

This match was expected to be a close encounter but the home side, playing some of their best football for many seasons, blew away their visitors on a pitch that has seen its fair share of high winds recently.

It only took the Creesiders five minutes to open the scoring when Curtiss Wilson, recently signed from Dalbeattie Star, finished off a great outfield move down the left side to fire fiercely past keeper Shaun Hutchison.

A minute later, a Dean Thomson corner on the right was met at the back post by striker Jason Gallacher but his header was just off target.

In the 12th minute, though, the home side did go two ahead when Thomson latched onto a corner kick from the left to give Hutchison no chance from close in.

With 26 minutes played, Johnny Fisher ran through one on one with the visiting keeper, with the stopper coming off best but two minutes later there was nothing Hutchison could do to stop goal number three. Another corner was swung over which was only cleared as far as John Lowe, who blasted the ball low across goal and into Hutchison’s right corner.

The goal spree continued a minute later when some deft footwork from Lewis Dunn left his pass to Fisher only needing to be slid into an empty net from 12 yards to give Newton a comfortable four-goal lead at the break.

Twelve minutes into the second half Fisher was upended in the box and Thomson stepped up to beat the keeper easily from the penalty spot as Newton went nap. In the 63rd minute, with Star well beaten, Dunn set up his brother Calum to slip the ball home as Newton hit Star for six.

With 10 minutes left to play, and Newton keeper Harry Fidler hardly in action throughout the match, he had to be alert to save from a effort and send the ball round the upright for a corner.

In the 83rd minute, the two substitutes, Alex Walker and Robert Middleton, combined to allow the latter to score a very well taken goal to put the home ide in seventh heaven.

Although this was eventually a rout Star never gave up and though never looking like taking anything from the match they competed well and played in a very sportsmanlike manner.