League favourites Wigtown and Bladnoch kept up their winning ways on Wednesday evening with a 5-1 victory over Fleet Star at Trammondford Park.
Following an even start, the home side came close on several occasions before the deadlock was broken in the 36th minute when Richard Jones found space to fire the ball into the net to give the home side a slender half-time lead.
On the hour mark, Robert Jamieson found goal number two, with Scott Philips adding a third five minutes later. Substitute Ross McCrindle was pulled down in the penalty box in the 74th minute and Michael Donnely made no mistake from the spot.
In the 90th minute Star were awarded a penalty for Nathan Thomson to score a consolation for the visitors and right on the final whistle Wigtown substitute Robert Paisley lobbed keeper Sean Hutchison to go nap.
Nithsdale Wanderers also recorded their second victory in succession with a 4-1 win over Abbey Vale at Sanquhar, while Mid-Annandale put their first three points on the table with a 3-1 victory over Creetown at Galabank.
Newcomers Lochar Thistle gave away home advantage but still managed to beat Crichton by the odd goal in five at Hospital Park. Mark Leighfield opened the scoring for Crichton with a 15th-minute penalty to give them a lead they held into the break. Five minutes into the second half, Justin Borthwick levelled and Terry Jardine put Lochar into the lead.
With 20 minutes left Leighfield scored an equaliser for Crichton but in the 85th minute Keiron Krause scored the winner for Lochar to give them full points from their first two outings in the South of Scotland League.
Heston Rovers showed their intent this season with a 4-1 victory over St Cuthbert Wanderers. In the 13th minute, Saints keeper Jack Johnstone was sent off after giving away a penalty and, with Jim Kirk taking over in goal, Craig Adamson scored from the spot to give Heston a half-time lead. A minute after the break, Heston doubled their scoreline a Sean Kevin cross found Ollie Spence who tapped in from six yards.
Saints’ Craig Rudd pulled a goal back in the 74th minute but five minutes later Heston restored their two-goal advantage with a Craig Adamson free kick from 18 yards. Two minutes later Russell Jardine scored the goal of the match with a volley from 16 yards to secure the three points for Heston.
Rovers manager Raymond Boyd said: “From the off, we new we had to pass the ball quickly around the surface to draw in the Saints defence and it worked for our first goal. Steve Walker took a sore one from the Saints keeper and didn’t recover so had to be replaced.
“Our tactics remained the same and at times the quality of play on the pitch was tremendous. When Saints pulled one back it was a matter of finding the space as they pushed for the equaliser and it duly came when Sean Kevan was upended on the edge of the box and Adamson netted the free kick. Jardine’s superb volley was the icing on the cake for our lads, who worked extremely well and fought to win every ball.”
Results from July 31
South of Scotland League
Heston Rovers 4 St Cuthbert Wanderers 1
Lochar Thistle 3 Crichton 2
Mid-Annandale 3 Creetown 1
Nithsdale Wanderers 4 Abbey Vale 1
Wigtown and Bladnoch 5 Fleet Star 1