Newton hold out for victory

Newton's Calum Dunn twist's his way past Nith's No.2 Stuart Bennie
Newton's Calum Dunn twist's his way past Nith's No.2 Stuart Bennie

Newton Stewart 2, Nithsdale Wanderers 1

This South of Scotland league match last Saturday was, as expected, a fairly even match although the home side managed to take the points in a narrow victory.

Early exchanges saw the defences on top although, in the 24th minute, Newton striker Liam Muir came close with a good effort.

A couple of minutes later Calum Dunn brought out a good save from keeper James Grozier before Davy Thomson almost caught Newton keeper Harry Fidler out with a shot across goal.

The home side took the lead just before the break when some good work by Johnny Fisher set up Graeme Blain with a cutback which he lashed high into the net from 12 yards.

In the second half the visitors came more into the match but some poor finishing and good defending ensured that they were kept at bay. Substitute Davy Kennedy was introduced to the play and immediately made an impact, testing keeper Fidler with a good effort and, with 15 minutes left, Fisher had the ball in the net but was ruled offside.

Four minutes later, though, the Creesiders doubled their score when the brothers Dunn combined well with Calum feeding the ball through to his younger sibling Lewis who finished with a superb shot high into the Nithsdale net.

In the 84th minute, Nithsdale were thrown a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty when central defender Lewis Richardson was adjudged to have used an arm inside the box and Kennedy made no mistake from the spot.

Although there were further chances at each end there were no more goals and Newton Stewart ran out worthy winners.