Lochar and Newton share the spoils
There were three South of Scotland League games played on Saturday with the pick of the matches being at Maxwelltown High School where second top Lochar Thistle played host to fourth-placed Newton Stewart.
If the home side had taken all three points in this encounter, they would have gone top of the league. However, they had to be content with a single point after a three-all draw.
Things looked good early on for Lochar with Iain Anderson giving them the lead in the seventh minute but within two minutes Roddy Cooksley had levelled the match.
Lochar retook the lead on the half hour mark with Anderson again finding the net to give his side an advantage that they took into the break.
Newton started the second half on the attack and it was no surprise when striker Robert Middleton found and equaliser in the 50th minute.
Better was to come for the visitors though when five minutes later Graeme Blain put them ahead for the first time in the match.
The Creesiders were reduced to 10 men when central defender Scott Forrester was sent off for a second yellow and Lochar used this advantage to pressurise the Newton defence although it took until three minutes from time when the fresh legs of substitute Lee Martin found an equaliser to compete the scoring.
Nithsdale Wanderers seem to have found some good form and they recorded a 2-1 victory over Bonnyton Thistle at Sanquhar while Stranraer and St Cuthbert Wanderers shared eight goals and the points at Stair Park. Saints’ goals came from four different scorers with Ian Miller, Robert Paisley, Andrew Donley and Ross Hunter all finding the net.
There was one rescheduled South League Cup second round match played when Abbey Vale beat Lochmaben by four goals to one.
Graeme Bell opened the scoring with a deflected effort with Dylan Cairnie adding a second before the visitors pulled one back through Darren Notman.
However, a double from Brodie Turner secured victory for Vale to put them through to the next round.
The second round of the SFA Regional Challenge Cup was played with several local teams taking part. However, the only surviving one now is Threave Rovers who beat Mid Annandale by three goals to nil at Meadow Park. Dan Thom scored a first half double and Grant Middlemiss secured victory with a second half strike.
Dalbeattie Star lost out in an away match against BSC Glasgow by four goals to one while Lowland League side Whitehill Welfare recorded a three goals to nil victory over Creetown. All the goals came in the first half through a Craig Reid header, a further goal from Gary Nicholson and another headed effort from Dylan Weldon.
In the only other contest involving South teams, Upper Annandale went out by virtue of a three goals to one defeat at the hands of Lowland League side Vale of Leithen with Peter Pagan scoring for the Moffat side and Smith, Isiah and Allan scoring the three goals to put Vale through to meet Whitehill at home in the next round.
Results, Saturday, November 11:
South of Scotland League: Lochar Thistle 3 Newton Stewart 3; Nithsdale Wanderers 2 Bonnyton Thistle 1; Stranraer 4 St Cuthbert Wanderers 4.
South League Cup second round: Abbey Vale 4 Lochmaben 1.
SFA Regional Challenge Cup (South): BSC Glasgow 2 East Stirling 1; Civil Service Strollers 4 Dalbeattie Star 1; Edusport Academy 2 Spartans 1; Leith Athletic 3 Edinburgh University 2; Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 5 Tynecastle 1; Threave Rovers 3 Mid Annandale 0; Vale of Leithen 3 Upper Annandale 1; Whitehill Welfare 3 Creetown 0.