Football resumed in the South of Scotland last Saturday with a full programme of fixtures scheduled to be played that included five league matches and two South Challenge Cup Round One matches.
St Cuthbert Wanderers had the opportunity to close the gap at the top when they played hosts to Abbey Vale at St Marys Park and that’s exactly what they did to narrow the gap on Edusport Academy to ten points with seven games in hand.
The home side started this contest as strong favourites to record their first victory of 2016 and did so by recording a four goals to one victory.
Saints opened the scoring after only four minutes play when Scott Milligan found the net and were three goals to the good by the break with Paul Gray and Jack McMurdo adding a goal apiece.
Ten minutes from time Vale scored what proved to be a consolation goal through Jim Watt with Roman Soltys scoring a fourth for Saints six minutes later. Newton Stewart were also looking to get 2016 off to a winning start when they played hosts to Nithsdale Wanderers at Blairmount Park and as expected this match was a close encounter with the Creesiders running out winners by the odd goal in five.
Thomas Garret scored a first half goal for the home side to send the teams in at the break all square while second half goals from Martyn Henry and Graeme Blain secured victory to counter a second goal for Nithsdale.
The only South Challenge Cup match to go ahead was played at Palmerston Park after the game between Wigtown and Bladnoch and Queen of the South had been switched from an unplayable Trammondford Park.
The young Queens team were well up for this contest and ran out easy winners by nine goals to nil.
South of Scotland League
Creetown v Fleet Star –Match psotponed
Dumfries YMCA v Heston Rovers – Match postponed
Lochar Thistle v Upper Annandale – Match postponed
Newton Stewart 3 Nithsdale Wanderers 2
St Cuthbert Wanderers 4 Abbey Vale 1
South Challenge Cup – Round 1
Crichton v Mid-Annandale – Match postponed
Wigtown and Bladnoch 0 Queen of the South 9