John McNaught reporting from Blairmount Park on the local derby match.
Newton Stewart 5 Creetown 0
Although Newton Stewart ran out comfortable winners by five goals to nil in this local derby played at Blairmount Park, Creetown showed up well throughout the match and were unfortunate to find the home side in good form.
The early chances fell to the home side and they took the lead after only five minutes when on form striker Robert Middleton put the Creesiders ahead with a goal which the visiting keeper was unable to do anything about as it was put into the back of the net with power after some good build up play through Liam Muir and Graeme Blain. This early goal saw the visitors rally round and intent on making a game of it and in the twenty-fourth minute a Bobby Landers effort was well held by Newton keeper Harry Fidler. A minute later James Hilton had another chance for the visitors but his shot went the wrong side of the Newton cross bar.
In the twenty-ninth minute, Blain played a free kick through the middle to Muir who turned his marker to fire the ball into the roof of the net for goal number two. Three minutes later an excellent Blain effort found the crossbar just before Middleton struck goal number three with the outside of his boot from twenty yards out. In the thirty-fifth minute Newton had the ball in the net once again following some good work from Ryan McKie and Liam Muir but an offside decision denied Newton their fourth goal. However, two minutes later the home side did find a fourth goal when Kyle McCutcheon fed Middleton down the wing and his inch perfect cross found Muir lurking at the back post to force the ball into the net although under a heavy challenge. A minute from the half time break Creetown were very unlucky not to have pulled a goal back when a great effort from striker John Morrison saw keeper Fidler pulling off a tremendous save to thwart his effort and almost immediately the same player was one-on-one with Fidler, but again the keeper came off best with a leg save.
The Creesiders started the second half in dominant form as they pressed to increase their lead but after a one-on-one with the keeper Middleton’s shot missed the target. A Martyn Henry header went narrowly past and another similar one on one effort by Middleton found the same fate. Keeper Fidler pulled off another couple of good stops to keep yet another clean sheet before Newton went nap with five minutes left to play. The two substitutes, Ryan Holmes and John Baxter, combined to allow Holmes a tap in after a McKie effort had been defended well.
This was another good three points for Newton Stewart who remain domestically unbeaten so far this season but Creetown showed up well for spells and given time could well turn their season into a positive one.