Last Saturday saw another mixed bag of matches being played in South Football.
There were three third round ties in the South Regional Challenge Cup due to be played but unfortunately the match between Dumfries YMCA and Glasgow University was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
However Lochar Thistle travelled up the M74 to play BSC Glasgow and were well beaten in a 6-0 defeat while at Hospital Park Crichton and Edusport Academy locked horns with the visitors coming out on top by 2-1 to send them into round four.
There were four South of Scotland League matches played with Fleet Star hosting Newton Stewart at Gatehouse for an encounter that was expected to go either way in what turned out to be an exciting contest that ended in a 2-2 draw.
The chances came early at both ends without any scoring and on the half hour mark both teams were reduced to ten men when Newton trialist Scott Forrester and Star player Ross Hunter were both red carded following a clash in midfield.
With Newton dominating play and squandering scoring chance after chance, five minutes before the break Graeme Blain opened the scoring with a shot which was deflected into the net but right on the half time whistle Star levelled the match through Callum Wilson following a breakaway by the home side.
Ten minutes after the restart Newton regained the lead when Scott Whannel pounced on a rebound to fire into the net but this Star team never say die and six minutes later Wilson scored an equaliser.
From there on in there were further chances for both teams to seal the points but none were taken and the points were shared after the Creesiders had been reduced to nine men when Robbie Thomson was dismissed for a second yellow card.
Nithsdale Wanderers and Heston Rovers emulated this 2-2 scoreline at Sanquhar to take a point apiece while Upper Annandale recorded a very good result over Abbey Vale by winning by 5-2 at Moffat.
Although Vale’s Jack Connelly struck first in the 33rd minute Michael Swan with a single and Mark Leighfield with a double gave Uppers a 3-1 advantage at the break. Three minutes into the second half Chris Melon put the visitors right back into the match but further goals from Uppers Stephen Johnstone and a second for Swan ensured the that the three points stayed with the Moffat Club.
Last season’s league champions Wigtown and Bladnoch entertained Mid-Annandale at Trammondford Park and although the Lockerbie side are enjoying a very good season Wigtown recorded a very good 4-1 victory. Lewis McIntyre put Wigtown ahead after only nine minutes play with Robert Jamieson adding a second in the 24th minute but an own goal from Mark Whorlow made it 2-1 when the teams went in for the break. Wigtown came out with all guns firing though and within two minutes Reece Agnew restored the home side’s two goal advantage and in the 66th minute Gary McCutcheon scored a fourth to give the home side a comfortable victory.
By John McNaught
Results from Saturday 13th February, 2016
South of Scotland League
Fleet Star 2 Newton Stewart 2
Nithsdale Wanderers 2 Heston Rovers 2
Upper Annandale 5 Abbey Vale 2
Wigtown and Bladnoch 4 Mid-Annandale 1
Cree Lodge Cup – Round 2
Creetown v St Cuthbert Wanderers –match postponed
South Regional Challenge Cup – Round 3
BSC Glasgow 6 Lochar Thistle 0
Crichton 0 Edusport Academy 2
Dumfries YMCA v Glasgow University –match postponed