Rampant Newton run riot

A clever chip from Newton's Calum Dunn beats Abbey's keeper Kieran Murray in the 19th minute to send the home side four goals clear. SGGY 170214 2
A clever chip from Newton's Calum Dunn beats Abbey's keeper Kieran Murray in the 19th minute to send the home side four goals clear. SGGY 170214 2

The only game to survive the weather on Saturday was the South of Scotland League match at Blairmount Park between league leaders Newton Stewart and third bottom Abbey Vale.

The visitors started the match giving a good account of themselves. However, when the Creesiders scored their first goal following a superb passage of play, there wasn’t any doubt about where the three points would land.

Some excellent play involving two ex-Dalbeattie Star players, Curtiss Wilson and triallist Grant Parker, recently released from Threave Rovers, resulted in the ball being played across field to find Johnny Fisher 20 yards out who hit a thunderous volley past triallist keeper Kieran Murray.

A minute later Parker could have scored the second when he rounded the keeper only to see his shot fly narrowly past the upright.

Two minutes later, though, Parker was involved again and this time he laid the ball into the path of midfielder Graeme Blain, who hit an angled shot from 15 yards to put the home side two ahead and cruising.

With 14 minutes played, Fisher scored his second and his side’s third when he received the ball from Lewis Dunn, turned his marker inside out to crash the ball high into the Vale net.

Four minutes later the game was over as contest with Parker again involved when he played in striker Calum Dunn, who fired into the net from an acute angle.

Newton took their foot off the pedal as Vale managed to find a second wind, although they never managed to trouble Fidler in the home goal with the defence standing solid.

In the 29th minute, Justin Nicoll had a lobbed effort which found the far upright and bounced outwards but seven minutes later Parker, who had been providing the goal chances for the home side, scored from the edge of the 18-yard box as Newton went nap.

In the 37th minute some good play by winger Ryan McKie set up another chance for Parker, who turned his marker and, with the keeper stranded, made no mistake from 12 yards.

A minute later a Fisher shot from 20 yards was deflected into the Vale net to give him his hat-trick before, five minutes from the break, a Nicholl corner on the left was headed into his own net by Jordan Brown as he attempted to clear, sending Newton Stewart in at the break with an eight-goal advantage.

Five minutes after the restart the Vale keeper pulled off a good save from a Curtiss Wilson header but six minutes later he had no chance of stopping a 25-yard drive from Blain, with Nicholl providing the chance.

In the 64th minute, Fidler was called on to save an effort on target from Vale striker Chris Mellon which was about the only time the keeper was called into action.

A minute later Newton went into double figures when a Nicholl strike from 20 yards curled away from the keeper to find the top corner.

In the 71st minute Micky Wilson and Curtiss Wilson combined to set up Fisher who scored number 11. Two minutes later Nicholl completed the scoring with an effort from 20 yards with the final minutes of the game being played out with the home side completely in command.

This victory pus Newton Stewart six points clear at the top of the table, although the chasing pack – including favourites Wigtown and Bladnoch – have games in hand over the leaders, who now have only four league matches left.

Results from Saturday, February 15

South of Scotland League

Crichton v Wigtown and Bladnoch, postponed.

Lochar Thistle v Creetown, postponed

Newton Stewart 12, Abbey Vale 0

Nithsdale Wanderers v St Cuthbert Wanderers, postponed