Nithsdale make progress in cup

No way past Creetown's Andy Houston for Nithsdale's Geoffrey Paterson
No way past Creetown's Andy Houston for Nithsdale's Geoffrey Paterson

There were only three matches scheduled to be played last Saturday.

Wigtown and Bladnoch had another opportunity to make their mark on their challenge for this season’s league title when a victory over Crichton at Trammondford Park would take them within a point of leaders Newton Stewart with three games in hand.

That is exactly what happened, with the Trammondford Park side recording a 3-1 victory

Bottom-placed Creetown found themselves a goal down within two minutes when Nithsdale Wanderers scored from the penalty spot but with the Sanquhar side going on to score three more goals the home side were well beaten with only a solitary goal from Neil Little to show for their efforts.

In what was manager David “Speedie” Clark’s last game in charge of Abbey Vale, they went down by the odd goal in three in their match against Heston Rovers.

Sean Kevan opened the scoring in the 22nd minute for Heston with a half volley from a tight angle when he latched onto a cross from Stuart Douglas. The visitors took this one-goal advantage into the half-time break.

In the 62nd minute Ben Irving equalised for Vale with a tap in. Darren Brown restored Heston’s lead in the 78th minute with a neat finish at the back post from a Russell Jardine cross to give the visitors the three points.

Heston manager Raymond Boyd said after the match: “Our boys looked jaded today. I had too many not at their best but we still had enough quality in certain areas to pick up the three points. The pattern of play for both of our goals was good and both our goals were well taken”.

Results from Saturday, March 22

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale 1 Heston Rovers 2

Wigtown and Bladnoch 3 Crichton 1

Tweedie Cup Round 2

Creetown 1 Nithsdale Wanderers 4