The weather was again the winner in the South of Scotland League with only two matches managing to go ahead.
The Newton Stewart versus Nithsdale Wanderers match was switched to St Mary’s Park, Kirkcudbright as Blairmount Park was still under a frozen covering of snow.
Having played only one match in the past eight weeks, the Creesiders were keen to start playing to try and maintain their attempt to win this seasons championship.
Early on the lack of match play waws evident and after sixteen minutes Dillan Irving put Nithsdale ahead when he found space to beat keeper Harry Fidler from close in. Newton had striker Calum Dunn back in their line up and what an impact he was about to make on the match. Dunn levelled the match when he scored from an acute angle and put his side ahead when he deceived the Nithsdale defence to fire into an open net from 15 yards.
A free kick taken by Dunn put the Creesiders further ahead when he found the head of central defender Micky Wilson who bulleted his header high into the visitors net. Five minutes after the re-start Dunn completed his hat-trick before Ben Johnstone pulled a goal back for the Sanquhar side but ten minutes from time Dunn found the net once again to complete the scoring.
Newton Stewart are now only one point behind leaders St Cuthbert Wanderers but have played four games less than the Kirkcudbright side.
Present League Champions Wigtown and Bladnoch were also in action at Trammondford Park where the beat Fleet Star by two goals to one to keep their league title ambitions on track. The game was goalless at the break but Jamie Adams put the home side ahead after 57 minutes when his chip over the keeper found the cross bar but he followed through to head the re-bound into the net. In the seventieth minute Lewis Dunn score a second for Wigtown before Tommy Muir scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for the visitors.
Results from Saturday 7th February
South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale v Edusport Academy –Match postponed
Crichton v Upper Annandale – Match postponed
Dumfries YMCA v Creetown – Match postponed
Lochar Thistle v Heston Rovers – Match postponed
Mid-Annandale v St Cuthbert Wanderers –Match postponed
Newton Stewart 5 Nithsdale Wanderers 2
Wigtown and Bladnoch 2 Fleet Star 1