South league sees 30 goals

A clever bit of ingenuity by Saints hit man Justin Nichol bore no fruit as the ball thudded off the cross bar and back into play for a clearance. GG 1411068 11
A clever bit of ingenuity by Saints hit man Justin Nichol bore no fruit as the ball thudded off the cross bar and back into play for a clearance. GG 1411068 11

LAST Saturday, the Potts Cup first round match due to be played at Maryfield between the two Rovers, Heston and Threave, was cancelled for the second week in succession with the weather again claiming the match.

Results from Saturday 12th November, 2011.

Potts Cup - Round One

Heston Rovers v Threave Rovers - match postponed

South of Scotland League

Crichton v Abbey Vale - match postponed

Dalbeattie Star 6 Creetown 1

Fleet Star 4 St Cuthbert Wanderers 6

Nithsdale Wanderers 2 Newton Stewart 7

Wigtown and Bladnoch 3 Mid-Annandale 4

Rain also took the league match at Hospital Park where Crichton were due to play neighbours Abbey Vale. Although this left only four matches being played in the South of Scotland League there was no shortage of goals with a total of thirty three being scored.

Seven goals were scored as Dalbeattie Star moved back to within two points of leaders Threave Rovers following their six goal to one rout against Creetown at Islecroft. Striker Alex Maxwell opened the scoring after seven minutes play with Rab Harkness adding a second in the nineteenth minute. Two minutes later Maxwell scored his second to give the home side a three goal advantage at the break. Eleven minutes after the re-start Maxwell completed his hat-trick with Craig Ferguson striking twenty minutes from time as Star went nap. Andrew Houston scored from twenty yards for a consolation goal for the visitors with David Ruddick wrapping up the points with four minutes left to play with goal number six.

St Cuthbert Wanderers kept up their challenge at the top in a ten goal thriller at Gatehouse against Fleet Star with a six goals to four victory. It took a late rally from the Kirkcudbright side to keep their title ambitions on track with the home side leading by four goals to two with twenty minutes left to play. Saints Roddy Cooksley had opened the scoring with a header in the fourth minute and Paul McClymont scored his first of a hat-trick to counter goals from Davy McKie and Jordan Brown to send the teams in at the break all square at two goals each. Dale McCutcheon and Terry McKie gave Star a four goals to two lead but in the seventieth minute Saints stormed back into the match with McClymont scoring their third goal as Star wilted. Five minutes later Adam Johnstone levelled the match once again and with nine minutes left to play Justin Nichol gave the visitors the lead. Two minutes later McClymont completed his hat-trick to end the late scoring spree which gave Saints three valuable points.

There were nine goals in the match at Lorimer Park where Newton Stewart had a superb seven goals to two victory over Nithsdale Wanderers. A Stewart Taylor hat-trick and singles from Stephen Ross, Stephen Beggs, Dean Fyfe and Graeme Blain ensured the three points with Roman Soltys and Davy Kennedy countering for Nithsdale. In a late melee the home side saw two players red-carded and they were joined by Newton substitute Jamie Clarke.

Wigtown and Bladnoch shared seven goals with Mid-Annandale at Trammondford Park in a close run match. The Lockerbie side took the lead with a header from Scott Martin but the home side squared the match as keeper Crolla fumbled the ball into his own net. Striker Nathan Muir put Mids back into the lead followed by another before the break with Ian Millar scoring for the home side to make the scoreline three goals to two at the break with the visitors holding the advantage. Mids were reduced to ten men when Grant Scouler was red carded and Scott Forrester headed Wigtown back into contention as he levelled the match. Play swung from end to end as both sides went for the winner it was the visitors who struck gold nine minutes from time when Chris Norvel fired home from twenty yards to give his side the three points.