Wigtown return to top of table

There was a full list of South of Scotland League fixtures scheduled to be played on Saturday although the match at Dumfries between YMCA and league leaders St Cuthbert Wanderers became the latest victim of the weather.

The other two top teams however were in action in Dumfries with second placed and then unbeaten Newton Stewart playing Lochar Thistle at Maxwelltown High School and third placed Wigtown and Bladnoch playing Crichton.

Newton lost their unbeaten record in a 3-2 reverse while local rivals and present champions went on to beat Crichton by 6-0.

Wigtown went back to the top of the league table with two goals from Jamie McHarrie and singles from Blair Dougan, Robert Jamieson, Richard Jones and Curtiss Wilson.

Meanwhile Newton Stewart had kicked off earlier and were beaten by the half time break. In a controversial match played at Maxwelltown High School played out in very soft underfoot conditions the early encounters were fairly even and in fact the visitors could have went ahead in the 12th minute when striker Robert Middleton attempted to chip the home keeper only to narrowly miss the target.

However it was the home side who went ahead after 25 minutes when Gary Tweedie scored from the penalty spot and then went two ahead a couple of minutes later when Scott Neill rose unchallenged at the back post to head a free kick from the right into the Newton net to give Lochar a two goal advantage at the break.

The visitors started the second half with a bang and pulled a goal back through a Jason Gallacher strike from the edge of the 18 yard box within three minutes of the re-start.

There was a controversial moment though in the 55th minute when Newton Stewart complained that keeper Harry Fidler had been fouled as he went a for a high cross ball which ended up at the feet of John Jardine who made no mistake form close in to restore Lochars two goal advantage.

The Creesiders couldn’t get going on the sticky ground but did pull a goal back with six minutes left through Marty Henry but it was all too little too late and Newton Stewart lost their first league match of the season while this good victory for Lochar moved them into fourth spot in the table behind their opponents.

An own goal from Abbey Vales Stewart Clark was enough to give Fleet Star the three points from their match against Fleet Star at Gatehouse while Edusport Academy hit Nithsdale Wanderers with three goals without reply at Hamilton. The other two matches finished all square at one goal each with Mid-Annandale holding a young Creetown side at Lockerbie while Upper-Annandale shared the points with Heston Rovers following their contest at Palmerston Park.

Results from Saturday 28th February, 2015

South of Scotland League

Crichton 0 Wigtown and Bladnoch 6

Dumfries YMCA v St Cuthbert Wanderers – Match postponed

Edusport Academy 3 Nithsdale Wanderers 0

Fleet Star 1 Abbey Vale 0

Heston Rovers 1 Upper Annandale 1

Lochar Thistle 3 Newton Stewart 2

Mid-Annandale 1 Creetown 1