Good wins for Wigtown and Newton Stewart

John Kiltie rises to meet the ball.
John Kiltie rises to meet the ball.

It had to happen sooner rather than later and it happened last Saturday with Dumfries YMCA recording their first victory since joining South football.

All the plaudits go to YMCA for gritting their teeth following some heavy defeats and digging in to carry on regardless and eventually come up with the goods with a 2-1 victory over Heston Rovers.

Jordan Barker put YMCA ahead after 19 minutes with Eddie McKeand adding a second seven minutes into the second half. Fifteen minutes from time Ross Newlands pulled a goal back for the home side but it was all too little and all too late to prevent the visitors earning their well deserved first three points.

League leaders Edusport Academy kept up their winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Abbey Vale although it was the visitors who scored first through Daniel Thom after 18 minutes play. Toorie levelled the match eight minutes later to send the teams in at the break all square. With play fairly even it took the home side until 16 minutes from time to take the lead when Buchencouf found the net. With Edu on top they scored another two goals through Clement and Nadri to record a convincing victory.

Mid-Annandale made league champions Wigtown and Bladnoch fight all the way in their match at Lockerbie with the visitors winning by the odd goal in three to keep up their pressure on the present leaders. Sean Dunbar put Mids into the lead after 16 minutes with Wigtown’s Blair Dougan equalising seven minutes later. Eleven minutes into the second half Roddy Cooksley scored the decisive goal for Wigtown to give his side a narrow victory and three valuable points in their race to retain their league championship.

Crichton also kept up their challenge at the top with a 4-1 victory over Nithsdale Wanderers while Newton Stewart returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Lochar Thistle in Dumfries. With the game goalless at the break recent signing from Threave Rovers, Ian Miller scored from a free kick to break the deadlock before striker Robert Middleton found the net soon after to settle the destination of the three points.

St Cuthbert Wanderers maintained their good run of form with a 5-1 victory over neighbours Fleet Star at St Marys Park. Andrew Donley gave the home side the lead in the first half with Sam Warren doubling the scoreline just after the re-start. Craig Rudd scored a third with 20 minutes left to play followed in 77 minutes with a second for Warren. Scott Alexander added a fifth for Saints as they went nap with Dale Milligan scoring a consolation goal for Star.

Results from Saturday 22nd August,2015

South of Scotland League

Creetown 0 Upper Annandale 1

Crichton 4 Nithsdale Wanderers 1

Edusport Academy 4 Abbey Vale 1

Heston Rovers 1 Dumfries YMCA 2

Lochar Thistle 0 Newton Stewart 2

Mid-Annandale 1 Wigtown and Bladnoch 2

St Cuthbert Wanderers 5 Fleet Star 1