Football results and fixtures

ONLY three sides remain undefeated in the South of Scotland league following Saturdays results and they are reigning champions Threave Rovers, last seasons runners up Dalbeattie Star and Newton Stewart.

Thursday, 26th August 2010, 2:25 pm

Fixtures for Saturday 28th August, 2010:

All kick-offs at 3pm

League Cup – Semi Finals

Nithsdale Wanderers v Threave Rovers

Dalbeattie Star v Creetown

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Heston Rovers

Crichton v Newton Stewart

Fleet Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Stranraer v Mid-Annandale

South of Scotland Results from 21.8.10:

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale 1 Newton Stewart 3

Mid-Annandale 2 Fleet Star 1

St Cuthbert Wanderers 6 Heston Rovers 0

Stranraer 2 Crichton 1

Threave Rovers 4 Creetown 2

Wigtown and Bladnoch 0 Dalbeattie Star 0

Threave Rovers recorded a four goals to two victory over Creetown at Meadow Park but were made to fight all the way for the three points. The home side held a three goal advantage at the interval through an Andrew Donely double and a Paul Cook single scored right on the half-time whistle. Creetown came out at the re-start firing on all cylinders and within three minutes had pulled a goal back when Ryan McKie fired home and two minutes later the visitors were right back in the match when striker Scott Mazza scored goal number two for Creetown. Sam Warren eventually made the three points safe for Threave when he scored twenty minutes from time to complete the scoring and to retain the Castle Douglas sides unbeaten record. Dalbeattie Star also remain unbeaten but only just after being held to a goal-less draw at Trammondford Park by Wigtown and Bladnoch. Star did have the ball in the net near the end of the match when Jak Dingwall thought he had won the points for his side but the Referee ruled that he had been offside and the goal was chalked off.

Newton Stewart maintained their good start to this seasons league campaign by beating Abbey Vale by three goals to one at New Abbey. The match was dominated early on by the visitors but they could not turn this domination into goals until the thirty second minute when Stewart Taylor found striker Calum Dunn with a cross from the right to open the scoring and a slender one goal advantage at the break. Two minutes after the re-start Dunn found the net again this time being fed through the middle from Colin Wilson to beat the offside trap to fire the ball home inside the near post. With twelve minutes left to play Vale pulled themselves back into the match when BJ Fairhurst was left unmarked to slip the ball past keeper Leith from ten yards out against one of his ex Clubs. With chances being made at both ends and Newton being caught offside on numerous occasions the visitors secured the three points with five minutes left when goal-scorer Dunn became provider when he crossed to Stewart Taylor who finished well from eight yards out with the ball hitting the roof of the net. This result gives Newton Stewart the best start to their season for many years with two victories and two draws from their first four league matches.

St Cuthbert Wanderers hit Heston Rovers for six at St Marys Park with all the goals coming in a first half rout. The first goal came in the tenth minute when Ross McCrindle was left with a tap ion following some good outfield play from Saints and three minutes later Gary King added number two when he side-footed a Craig Rudd pass into the net. In the seventeenth minute Paul McClymont scored goal number three and in the twenty third and thirty seventh minute Craig Rudd scored a double. Five minutes from the break Gary Redpath completed the scoring with goal number six before the sides fought out a goal-less second half.

Stranraer and Crichton were all square at the break at Stair Park with Craig Bradley scoring for the home side and Lee Taylor for the visitors. In a hard fought match Stranraer won the three points with only a couple of minutes left to play when Ian Millar found the net which means that the Stair Park side maintain their lead at the top of the table.

There was a close contest at Lockerbie where Mid-Annandale eventually ran out winners b y the odd goal in three against Fleet Star. A Darren Cowan cross found the head of Carlos Crosbie three minutes from the break to give the home side a half time lead with Star drawing level in the seventy second minute through an Andy Gilston back post diving header from a Kevin Smith cross. Four minutes later Mids secured the points when Ally Sloan was first to re-act after Stars trialist keeper spilled the ball to poke the ball into the net and although Star pushed hard for an equaliser right to the end this proved to be the goal which eventually separated the two teams.