South Scene By John McNaught

Saint's striker Roman Soltys uses his size and power to split the Crichton defence to get a run on goal.'SGGY 210914 2
Saint's striker Roman Soltys uses his size and power to split the Crichton defence to get a run on goal.'SGGY 210914 2

Results from Saturday 20th September, 2014

South of Scotland League

Edusport Academy 0 Abbey Vale 1

Fleet Star 8 Dumfries YMCA 1

Lochar Thistle 5 Upper-Annandale 3

Newton Stewart 5 Creetown 0

Nithsdale Wanderers 0 Heston Rovers 1

St Cuthbert Wanderers 2 Crichton 3

Wigtown and Bladnoch 1 Mid-Annandale 0

There was a full programme of South of Scotland League matches played last Saturday with the surprise result of the day taking place in Hamilton where Abbey Vale beat newcomers Edusport Academy by a single goal to take the points and the plaudits.

A Ben Irving header two minutes before the break from a kick out from keeper Darren Holt was enough to produce an excellent result for the New Abbey side who now sit in sixth place in the league table.

Fleet Star hit eight against bottom placed Dumfries YMCA who could only reply with a single in a match that Stars Tommy Muir struck a hat-trick for his side.

League leaders Lochar Thistle went nap against Upper Annandale at Maxwelltown High School in a five goals to three victory. The home side went three ahead in the first eleven minutes through a single from Ross Hunter and a double from John Howie. However, a Peter Pagan penalty and a goal from Neil Roddick sent the teams in at the break with Lochar holding a slender one goal advantage. Two second half goals from Martin Milne and Kieran Kreuse gave the home side the three points although the visitors did pull another goal back when Roddick scored his second and his teams third.

The match at Sanquhar between Nithsdale Wanderers and Heston Rovers looked like ending all square and goalless until the ninetieth minute when a winner was found when a typical goal from a Craig Adamson free kick was enough to win the three points for the visitors.

St Cuthbert Wanderers lost out to Crichton by four goals to two against Crichton at Kirkcudbright while a headed goal from Robert Jamieson in the sixty fifth minute was enough to give Wigtown and Bladnoch the three points in their home match against Mid-Annandale.

Newton Stewart maintained their unbeaten domestic record by beating neighbours Creetown by five goals to nil at Blairmount to keep up the pressure on Lochar Thistle at the top of the table. The home side took the lead after five minutes play through striker Robert Middleton but Creetown battled away and it took until the twenty-ninth minute for Newton to double their score when Liam Muir stroked the ball home from twelve yards out. Four minutes later Middleton scored the goal of the match when he caught the ball on the edge of the box with the outside of his boot for goal number three. Eight minutes before the break Muir scored his second and his sides fourth to give the home side a commanding lead at the interval. Creetown responded well in the second half but found the Newton defence defying them although keeper Harry Fidler had to be at his best to hold onto a clean sheet. Five minutes from time two trialists Ryan Holmes and John Baxter combined for Holmes to score his first goal for his new club.