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Wigtown & Bladnoch v EduSport Academy
 John Lowe is congratulated after opening the scoring.
Wigtown & Bladnoch v EduSport Academy John Lowe is congratulated after opening the scoring.

St Cuthbert Wanderers were presented with this season’s South of Scotland League trophy at their match against Heston Rovers at Palmerstone Park on Friday evening.

The Kirkcudbright side had clinched their first title for twenty-two years following a one goal to nil victory over Crichton in mid-week and now look Lowland League bound. However, Heston were not overcome with the visit from the champions and after prolific scorer Andrew Donley gave the Saints an early lead, Ross Newlands scored an equaliser before an own goal gave the visitors a slender half time lead. Thirteen minutes into the second half Ally Queen levelled the match once again before the introduction of Craig Rudd who put Saints back into the lead. Saints then turned on the pressure to ensure victory when Donley scored his second and his sides fourth with Steven Degnam finding the net as the visitors went nap.

On Saturday there were two League matches played with Nithsdale Wanderers beating Fleet Star by the odd goal in three while Wigtown and Bladnoch and Edusport Academy sharing the goals and the points in a one all draw at Trammondford Park. Fleet Star went ahead when Kieran Kenny scored from the edge of the eighteen yard box after twenty minutes play with Stewart Bell finding an equaliser six minutes later to send the teams in all square at the break. Nithsdale however scored the all important winner in the second half through Martin Mann.

There were three second round cup ties played in the Tweedie Cup with the match at Hospital Park between Crichton and Creetown ending in a scoreless draw but with the home side finding a winner in extra time. Mid-Annandale’s good run of form continued with a four goals to three victory over Lochar Thistle with White and Wagner scoring a goal each to add to a brace from Hammond. Upper Annandale emulated Mids scoreline with a four goals to two victory over a ten-man Newton Stewart after their goalkeeper failed to turn up with defender Kyle McCutcheon having to take over between the posts. Connor MCCrudden scored two goals for Upper’s with Michael Swan and Ryan Johnstone scoring a goal apiece with Micky Wilson and Ryan McKie from the penalty spot responding for the Creesiders.

Result from Friday 22nd April 2016

South of Scotland League

Heston Rovers 2 St Cuthbert Wanderers 5

Results from Saturday 23rd April, 2016

South of Scotland League

Nithsdale Wanderers 2 Fleet Star 1

Wigtown and Bladnoch 1 Edusport Academy 1

Tweedie Cup - Round 2

Crichton 1 Creetown 0 (after extra time)

Lochar Thistle 3 Mid-Annandale 4

Upper Annandale 4 Newton Stewart 2