Newton Stewart’s 3G pitch fails to bring a win

Newton Stewart take to their new pitch at Blairmount for the first time as a team  before the match with Nithsdale Wanderers.
Newton Stewart take to their new pitch at Blairmount for the first time as a team before the match with Nithsdale Wanderers.

South Scene

by John McNaught

Results from Saturday 19th October, 2013

South of Scotland League

Fleet Star 0 Abbey Vale 2

Heston Rovers 2 Mid-Annandale 2

Lochar Thistle 0 Crichton 5

Newton Stewart 2 Nithsdale Wanderers 3

St Cuthbert Wanderers 6 Creetown 1

Wigtown and Bladnoch with a free Saturday are still top of the South of Scotland League by a point from Nithsdale Wanderers although the Sanquhar side have played two games more. Nithsdale scraped through against Newton Stewart by the odd goal in five last weekend after being two goals adrift at the half time interval. The home side playing for the first time on their new 3G pitch at Blairmount were the better of the two teams in the first forty five minutes with Liam Muir finishing at the back post and Jason Gallacher side-footing home in a two minute spell in the thirty eighth and fortith minutes. After the break the visitors dominated for long spells and after Newton had a good chance to go three ahead through a Calum Dunn effort which was well stopped by the Nithsdale keeper the Sanquhar side broke away for striker Roman Soltys to hit the net and reduce the deficit. Lori Johnston squared the match with Soltys scoring the goal that proved to be the winner with six minutes left to play. St Cuthbert Wanderers kept up their good run of form with a six goals to one victory over bottom placed Creetown. Grant Middlemass gave Saints a two goal advantage at the break with Craig Rudd scoring a third before Graham Irvine scored what was eventually a consolation goal. Calum McLean scored goal number four and Rudd added a double to complete his hat-trick.

Lochar Thistle went down by five goals to nil in a derby match against Crichton with Scott Alexander scoring after only twenty seconds. Two deflected goals sent the teams in at the break with Crichton holding a three goal lead and in the second half two superb strikes from Mark Leighfield and Jak Dingwall completed the scoring although by this time the home side had been reduced to ten men with Craig Muir seeing red.

Heston Rovers and Mid-Annandale shared the goals and the points at Palmerston Park in a two all draw. Heston took the lead in the fourth minute when a Grant Learmont corner kick was headed into the net by Russell Handley at the back post. Ten minutes later Denver Milligan squared the match with a shot from seven yards to complete the first half scoring. Ten minutes after the re-start a long ball found Nathan Muir who went one on one with keeper Kieran McCulloch and finished well from the edge of the eighteen yard box. It only took Heston a minute to reply when Sean Kevan rounded the Mids keeper to level the match once again and to complete the scoring. Heston Rovers Manager Raymond Boyd said;” I cant believe that we didn’t win the match today. We had numerous chances in the first half but failed to convert. Whoever it fell to just couldn’t find the net. At half time we told the boys that it was a matter of time before we scored but it just didn’t happen for us today. We had so much possession but poor finishing cost us two points.”

Fixtures for Saturday 26th October, 2013.

South Regional Cup – First Round

All kick-offs at 2pm unless otherwise stated.

Crichton v Dalbeattie Star

Glasgow University v East Kilbride

Gretna 2008 v Heston Rovers – kick-off 3pm

Lochar Thistle v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Mid-Annandale v St Cuthbert Wanderers -kick-off 3pm

Newton Stewart v Fleet Star – kick-off 3pm

Nithsdale Wanderers v Abbey Vale

Threave Rovers v Creetown – kick-off 3pm