Newton extend lead at top

Newton's Craig Peck wins this one from Andrew White
Newton's Craig Peck wins this one from Andrew White

Newton Stewart extended their lead to four points at the top of the South of Scotland League last Saturday following their 3-0 victory over Mid-Annandale at Blairmount Park.

With Lochar Thistle going down by seven goals to nil to Champions Wigtown and Bladnoch the race for this seasons championship would appear to be going to be between the two Wigtownshire sides even although it is only at the half way stage.

This seasons top goal scorer so far Robert Middleton put Newton ahead after twenty five minutes with Lewis Richardson sliding number two inside the upright eleven minutes later.

Three minutes from the half time break an excellent free kick from Ryan McKie found Johnny Fisher who headed strongly home to complete the scoring. Mids battled back in the second half but could not find the net although they did not concede any more but in the end the home side were well worthy of the three points and maintained their unbeaten league record. Lochar Thistle were heavily beaten by Wigtown and Bladnoch in a seven goals to nil rout at Maxwelltown High School for a result that leaves them only one point behind the Dumfriesshire side having played two games less.

Newton Stewart are four points ahead of Lochar Thistle and five ahead of Wigtown having played the same number of matches.

Abbey Vale and Nithsdale Wanderers fought out a no score draw at New Abbey with the visitors finishing the match with ten men after Ben Johnston was dismissed with a straight red card in the second half of the game. A Micky Sutherland first half effort from Micky Sutherland was enough for Creetown to beat Upper-Annandale at Castle Cary Park and to record their third victory in a row. St Cuthbert Wanderers went nap against Crichton with Davy Kenendy and Scott Alexander putting the Kirckudbright side two ahead at the half time interval.

Philip Middlemass, Sreven Degnam and Mark Cravens added another three after the break with Darren Johnston scoring a consolation for the home side with a tap in. Dumfries YMCA are still in search of their first league point following their ten goals to one defeat at the hands of Edusport Academy. Fleet Star recorded an excellent three goals to nil victory over Heston Rovers at Garries Park with Steven Hogg opening the scoring after nine minutes play when he volleyed home from ten yards.

Five minutes from the break Martyn NIven doubled the score line with a low shot from sixteen yards which found the corner of the net. In the seventieth minute Hogg scored goal number three when he headed into the net from a corner on the left.