Thistle beat senior rivals

Only three matches survived the adverse weather conditions last Saturday, all of which were played on 3G pitches.

Lochar Thistle gave up home advantage to play their Challenge Cup first round match at Palmerston Park against a young Queen of the South outfit and will have no regrets coming away with a 4-2 victory, although they had to come from behind.

Aiden Smith scored twice in the first half for Queens, one from the penalty spot to counter a goal from Thistle’s Craig Muir. Mike McGauchie found his shooting boots after the break, scoring a hat-trick to give his side an emphatic victory over their senior neighbours.

At Galabank, Mid-Annandale went down heavily in a 5-1 defeat to Crichton. Jamie Philips scored a hat-trick to add to singles from Russell Thomson and Scott Alexander.

At Blairmount Park, Heston Rovers gained revenge for their heavy South of Scotland League defeat in recent weeks by beating Newton Stewart 2-0.

Results from Saturday, January 25

Challenge Cup, first round

Abbey Vale v Nithsdale Wanderers (match postponed)

Dalbeattie Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers (match postponed)

Lochar Thistle 4 Queen of the South 2

Mid-Annandale 1 Crichton 5

Newton Stewart 0 Heston Rovers 2

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Creetown (match postponed)

Fleet Star v Annan Athletic (match postponed)