South Scene by John McNaught

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South of Scotland Results from 6.8.11

South of Scotland League

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Dalbeattie Star 5 Stranraer 1

Heston Rovers 3 Creetown 0

Mid-Annandale 1 Newton Stewart 5

St Cuthbert Wanderers 9 Abbey Vale 1

Threave Rovers 6 Crichton 0

Wigtown and Bladnoch 1 Nithsdale Wanderers 2

Champions Threave Rovers league campaign continued on Saturday when the Meadow Park side ran riot against Crichton to run out easy winners by six goals to nil. Darren Kerr started the rout thirteen minutes into the match with Sam Warren making it two from the penalty spot. Andrew Donley scored his first of four before the break and after the re-start the striker added three more to put the Castle Douglas side in easy street which keeps them on top of the table on a slender goal difference.

St Cuthbert Wanderers striker Craig Rudd scored five against Abbey Vale at Kirkcudbright in a nine goals to one victory to keep their unbeaten record so far this season. Rudd opened the scoring with John Kiltie and trialist Dean Thomson adding two more before Rudd added number four to give the St Mary’s Park side a four-goal cushion at the break. In the second half things didn’t get any better for the visitors with Rudd scoring a hat-trick and Paul and Alan McClymont adding the other two. Saints could have made it double figures but Paul McClymont missed from the penalty spot with Stars Mark Milligan finding a consolation goal for Vale before the end.

Dalbeattie Star added three points to their tally with a five goals to one victory over Stranraer at Islecroft after the visitors had taken the lead through Andrew Carnochan after twenty minutes. The hero of the day was Scott Milligan who scored a hat-trick to add to singles from Hugh Cameron and Struan Parker.

Heston started well in their match at Maryfield against Creetown creating an early chance for Jaime Phillips but his shot just edged past the post. In the twenty-eighth minute the visitors were extremely unlucky when a shot from twenty yards from Russell Jardine was deflected off a divet just in front of the Creetown keeper with the ball bouncing over him and into the net fo the opening goal. Seven minutes later a cross from Paul Gray found Gary Tweedie at the back post and good skill saw him control and beat the Creetown defence to slot the ball home. The game was sealed and the points assured in the fifty third minute when Russell Jardine went on a solo run and ran thirty yards unchallenged to shoot from twenty five yards into the bottom left corner of the net.

Wigtown and Bladnoch remain pointless after their first three league matches of the season following their narrow defeat at Trammondford Park at the hands of Nithsdale Wanderers who ran out victors by the odd goal in three. The Sanquhar side on the other hand have now taken full points from their first three matches which puts them up among the leaders at the top of the table.

Newton Stewart struck top form in their match at Lockerbie against Mid-Annandale which saw the Creesiders record a very good five goals to one victory. A sixteen minute spell in the first half ensured this win with new signing Jamie Clarke scoring with an excellent volley in the eighteen minute. Five minutes later Steven Beggs made the most of a free kick twenty-five yards out to double the scoreline and on the half hour mark Stewart Taylor headed goal number three. In the thirty-fourth minute Clarke claimed his second and his sides fourth as his fierce shot entered the net via a slight deflection. The visitors tok their foot of the gas in the second half as Mids created chances which they failed to convert but with five minutes left to play Newton went nap as they burst up field and Calum Dunn squared the ball for Clarke to complete his hat-trick. Two minutes later Mids were awarded a penalty when Lewis Richardson was adjudged to have made a foul tackle in the box and Nathan Muir blasted the ball home from the spot to make the final scoreline five goals to one in favour of the visitors.