South Scene by John McNaught

Saturday 27th September'Newton Stewart v Abbey Vale'No way past Newton's No.8 Graeme Blain for Vale's No.10 Lee Malin
Saturday 27th September'Newton Stewart v Abbey Vale'No way past Newton's No.8 Graeme Blain for Vale's No.10 Lee Malin

Creetown pulled of the result of the day last Saturday by beating Nithsdale Wanderers by two goals to one at Castle Cary Park.

In an exciting match the home side created some good chances in the first half but had only a single goal from Ross Landers to show for their efforts at the break. Nithsdale levelled the match in the second half before Micky Sutherland won and scored a penalty to give his side the three well deserved points in Creetown’s third league victory of the season.

Saturday 27th September'Newton Stewart v Abbey Vale'Vale's No.9 Ben Irving fires in Vale's only goal from a freekick

Saturday 27th September'Newton Stewart v Abbey Vale'Vale's No.9 Ben Irving fires in Vale's only goal from a freekick

Fleet Star also recorded a very good result in a one all draw with St Cuthbert Wanderers at St Mary’s Park although by all accounts the Gatehouse side were worthy of a victory in a match that they squandered several good goal scoring opportunities. Corrie Thomson put the visitors ahead in the tenth minute when he latched onto a long ball which deceived the Saints’ keeper leaving the scorer with a tap in after he rounded the stranded keeper. Seven minutes later though Saints equalised when Philip Middlemass saw his header go in off the upright for the only other goal of the match. Saints had to play out this match with ten men after Struan Parker was red-carded near the end of the match.

Crichton scored ten goals against the troubled Dumfries YMCA with only two in reply. Brodie Turner scored to put the Dumfries side ahead with Darren Johnstone going on to record a hat-trick along with doubles from Luke Hammond, Kieran Kenney and Clark Chambers.

League leaders Lochar Thistle suffered only their second defeat of the season at the hands of Edusport Academy at Hamilton with the home side coming out winners by three goals to nil. The match at Palmerston Park between Heston Rovers and Mid-Annandale was as expected a close contest with the home side coming out best in a five goal thriller. Sean Kevan gave the home side the lead after ten minutes play with Karl Crosbie levelling the match thirteen minutes before the half-time whistle.

Three minutes after the re-start Kevan put this name on the score sheet for the second time with Olly Spence adding a third for Heston in the fifty-seventh minute. Mids however, never gave up the fight and with seventy-four minutes on the clock, Connor Murray scored the goal of the match with a superb free kick which found the top corner of the net. The visitors then applied some pressure as they sought out an equaliser but Heston held out although in the third minute of time added on a Richard Swan effort crashed off the crossbar to safety and the home side took the three points.

Wigtown and Bladnoch went nap against Upper Annandale at Moffat with Blair Dougan scoring a hat-trick and Newton Stewart recorded a four goals to one victory over Abbey Vale at Blairmount Park. These two teams met two weeks ago in a cup tie when the home side came out on top in a three goals to one victory although the match was a fairly evenly matched contest so the Creesiders went into this match as slight favourites but knowing that they would have to be at their best to maintain their unbeaten run. Newton Stewart did not disappoint however and in the first half played some of their best football to date this season so far against a good and experienced Vale side. In the twenty-fourth minute the home side went ahead when a Robert Middleton effort found the cross bar with Liam Muir the first to re-act to the rebound to head high into the roof of the net. Five minutes later Graeme Blain found Middleton at the far post and his headed effort flew past the visiting keeper to give his side a two goal advantage to take into the half time interval. Vale started the second half in a positive mood and within twelve minutes pulled a goal back through a Ben Irvine free kick from twenty-two yards. Newton regained their two goal advantage in the seventy-eighth minute when Middleton scored his second, and a minute from time some good work by the same player set up substitute Jason Gallacher who was left with a tap in at the back post for goal number four.

Results from Saturday 27th September, 2014

South of Scotland League

Creetown 2 Nithsdale Wanderers 1

Crichton 10 Dumfries YMCA 2

Edusport Academy 3 Lochar Thistle 0

Heston Rovers 3 Mid-Annandale 2

Newton Stewart 4 Abbey Vale 1

St Cuthbert Wanderers 1 Fleet Star 1

Upper Annandale 0 Wigtown and Bladnoch 5