Newton Stewart 6
Newton Stewart have struck a rare run of form in their last three matches, scoring 13 goals to the loss of only one.
And in their latest match they saw off Crichton at Hospital Park in a six-goal rout.
In this Potts Cup second round tie the visitors took the game to their opponents right from the start, with striker Liam Muir terrorising the Crichton defence. Muir had two early chances, his first being cleared for a corner and the second just missing the target.
Crichton then created a chance for striker Roman Soltys but his shot also went past.
Newton’s Micky Sutherland was next to try his luck and, at the other end, a Soltys effort struck the crossbar.
Calum Dunn then had an attempt but to no avail but, when Muir was pulled down inside the box in the 32nd minute, Dunn stepped up to drive the ball into the net from the penalty spot.
Muir then doubled Newton’s score before Sutherland fired just over on the half-time whistle.
The Creesiders started the second half as they had the first and three minutes in Dunn scored number three. Two minutes later, a Martyn Henry cross was met by Muir whose shot missed by inches.
Muir was not to be denied, though, and in the 52nd minute Henry supplied another cross which the striker fired home to score his side’s fourth. Soltys grabbed what proved to be a consolation for the home side but Newton continued to press and, after some near misses, were rewarded two minutes from time when Dunn found the net for his hat-trick. A minute later, in a game of many missed chances although finishing with six goals, Jonathan Hill set up Dunn for his fourth. This was a good workout for Newton Stewart before this weekend’s Haig Gordon semi-final against Wigtown and Bladnoch.