All four Southern Counties clubs were dumped out of the William Hill Scottish Cup last weekend.
In fact none of them managed to find the net in their respective matches.
The heaviest defeats were at Trammondford Park, where Newton Stewart were knocked out by a free-scoring Culter Junior team from the Aberdeen area who won 6-0, and at East Stirling, where Threave Rovers went down to the same scoreline.
Dalbeattie Star showed up better but still lost to Montrose by a solitary goal, while Ayrshire Junior side Auchinleck Tabot scored four without reply in their match against St Cuthbert Wanderers.
Newton Stewart managed to hold their opponents to a single goal at the break with George McBain heading the opener in the 26th minute. In the 62nd minute, Newton keeper Harry Fidler parried a shot with the ball falling kindly to the visitors’ top scorer, Jamie McAllister, who made no mistake from close in.
At that point the home side were still in the contest. However, things turned sour 10 minutes from time with McAllister adding a second before completing his hat-trick four minutes later. Within a minute McBain made it five and, with two minutes left to play, substitute Michael Taylor rounded the game off with a sixth.
Dalbeattie Star were beaten by a single goal scored by Colin Wilson seven minutes after the half-time break, while Saints had their keeper to thank for playing a blinder and keeping the scorline tight against Auchinleck.
There were also four South of Scotland League matches played with the game of the day being at Palmerston Park where Heston Rovers held league leaders Wigtown and Bladnoch to a 2-2 draw. In an entertaining contest, there were chances created at both ends of the park with the home side taking the lead in the 32nd minute when Craig Adamson scored from 25 yards to give Heston an advantage at the break. Blair Dougan found an equaliser after the restart and the visitors took the lead five minutes from time through Ian Millar. In time added on, Jonathon Boyd scored to give his side a share of the points.
Heston Rovers manager Raymond Boyd said: “This was an entertaining match right from the start and had everything in it, and a late, late show from both teams. I must admit we are more happy with the point than Wigtown who had more possession and more chances than us.”
Lochar Thistle’s good run continued when they beat Mid-Annandale 3-1 after taking a one-goal lead into the break. Ten minutes after the restart Lochar went two ahead when Mids keeper Ross Wilson fumbled a shot but the Lockerbie side fought back and were rewarded when Andy Thom scored from 35 yards out in the 73rd minute. Nathan Muir came close six minutes later for Mids but Lochar broke upfield to ensure victory and another three points.
Abbey Vale pulled off a superb victory against Nithsdale Wanderers by winning 4-1 at New Abbey. Stuart Cameron struck after six minutes for Vale and Fraser doubled the score five minutes before the half-time break. Three minutes after the restart Fraser Brolls scored with a tap in before Ian Bell pulled a goal back for the visitors. Substitute Nikolas Lismanis settled the issue 10 minutes from the end in a break away upfield.
There was a close match between Crichton and Fleet Star with the Dumfries-based side winning by the odd goal in three. Nathan Thomson opened the scoring for Star after 10 minutes when he converted a ball from brother Corrie into the Crichton net. On the half-time whistle, Lee Mallon levelled the match and in the 70th minute Russell Thomson placed a rebound past Star keeper Saun Hutchison for the winner.
Results from Saturday, October 5
William Hill Scottish Cup, second round
Newton Stewart 0 Culter 6
Auchinleck Talbot 4 St Cuthbert Wanderers 0
Dalbeattie Star 0 Montrose 1
South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale 4 Nithsdale Wanderers 1
Crichton 2 Fleet Star 1
Heston Rovers 2 Wigtown and Bladnoch 2
Lochar Thistle 3 Mid-Annandale 1
Results from Sunday, October 6
East Stirling 6 Threave Rovers 0