Wigtown victory opens up gap at the top of the table

Wigtown's Robert Jamieson (number 9) celebrates with Ian Miller after scoring the only goal of the game, while Edusport keeper Ilias Balcaklem remenstrates with his defence.

Wigtown's Robert Jamieson (number 9) celebrates with Ian Miller after scoring the only goal of the game, while Edusport keeper Ilias Balcaklem remenstrates with his defence.

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Last Saturday in the South of Scotland League it was first against second with the leaders Wigtown and Bladnoch coming out victors over Edusport Academy by a single goal scored by striker Robert Jamieson.

This victory opens up a gap at the top of the table that already this early in the season makes the Trammondford Park side very strong favourites to win this season’s league title.

Present champions St Cuthbert Wanderers recorded a solid 7-2 win over Lochmaben with the home side’s two goals coming through Darren Johnstone and Darren Howat.

Following an even and goalless first half at Maxwelltown High School Newton Stewart beat Lochar Thistle 3-1 despite the home side taking the lead in the 72nd minute when a Kieran Kruese free kick found the top postage stamp corner of the Newton net. The Creesiders though then used their substitutes for the final 15 minutes of the match in a move that paid immediate dividends.

Player/manager John Kiltie playing the final ten minutes was fouled in the penalty box and youngster Rory Drysdale made no mistake from the spot to level the match. Two minutes later substitute Ross McCrindle was on hand to flick home a long downfield kick from keeper Euan Drysdale to put the visitors ahead. With five minutes left and play raging from end to end Kiltie saw the home keeper well off his line and fired in a curling effort from 35 yards that ended with the ball nestling in the net to ensure Newton Stewart’s sixth victory in succession.

Mid Annandale suffered defeat at Palmerston Park against Heston Rovers when the home side went nap against the visitors from Lockerbie with only two in reply. The home side were three goals to the good after half an hour with Russell Jardine, Gary Tweedie and Mckie finding the net before a Levi Carrick header for Mids reduced the deficit although Heston were reduced to ten men when McDill was red carded.

Mids Kyran Jackson scored direct from a corner kick before Heston scored twice in the final quarter of an hour to secure the three points.

There was a close contest at Sanquhar where Nithsdale wanderers beat Creetown by a single goal scored by Kieran Kenny while Threave Rovers overcame a stuffy Dumfries YMCA 3-0 at Meadow Park with Conner Liddell, Conner Jamieson and Ben Irving scoring the goals for the Castle Douglas side.

Abbey Vale and Upper Annandale shared four goals at New Abbey.