Threave lose five-goal thriller
There was a full programme of South of Scotland matches over the past week with Heston Rovers going down by two goals to nil toWigtown and Bladnoch on Wednesday evening at Palmerston Park.
It was a very good victory for the visitors over the more favoured home side with Thomas Garrett and Blair Dougan scoring the goals that separated the teams.
On Friday evening, Abbey Vale kept up their good run of form when they beat Annan Athletic by five goals to one at Galabank.
Declan Tremble and Tommy Goss both scored doubles to add to a single from striker Craig Rudd for Vale to maintain their unbeaten league run and keep them in fourth place in the table only two points behind the leaders.
On Saturday, the top three teams all recorded victories with Stranraer winning by eight goals to nil against Dumfries YMCA while Bonnyton Thistle travelled to Castle Douglas and beat Threave Rovers by the odd goal in five.
Ben Irving and Dan Thom scored for the home side before the visitors found a winner late in the match to take the three points.
Lochar Thistle maintained their third spot with a comfortable five goals to nil victory over Lochmaben at Lockerbie.
The visitors led at the break though a goal from Craig Muir and in the second half Iain Anderson scored a hat-trick with 16-year-old Cammy Shaw putting the icing on the cake with a goal from the penalty spot.
Mid Annandale also recorded a resounding victory at Castle Cary Park with and an eight goal to nil defeat of Creetown.
Luke Hammond opened the scoring after only five minutes with Callum Smith adding a second with 15 minutes played. Archie Gardiner scored goal number three in the 24th minute to give the visitors a comfortable half-time lead. In the 70th minute, Hammond scored his second and in the 76th and 89th minutes Sam Copeland addedd a double. The final goal of the match that completed the rout came in time added on when Gardiner scored his second of the day and his side’s eighth.
Newton Stewart’s league woes continued when they were beaten 7-1 at St Cuthbert Wanderers ( see below).
The points were shared at Sanquhar where Nithsdale Wanderers and Upper Annandale played out a three-all draw with Bailey White, Lewis Swift and Michael Swan scoring for the visitors. Brad Candlish scored twice for Nithsdale with Thomson scoring a third as the home team fought back from being three goals to one behind. South of Scotland League: Heston Rovers 0 Wigtown and Bladnoch 2. South of Scotland League: Annan Athletic 1 Abbey Vale 5.
South of Scotland League: Creetown 0 Mid Annandale 8; Lochmaben 0 Lochar Thistle 5; Nithsdale Wanderers 3 Upper Annandale 3; St Cuthbert Wanderers 7 Newton Stewart 1; Threave Rovers 2 Bonnyton Thistle 3. This weekend
The second round of the Haig Gordon Cup takes place this weekend with some exciting ties in prospect.
High flying Abbey Vale take on the youngsters from Queen of the South for a match where home advantage could be the deciding factor.
Upper Annandale visit Galabank to play Annan Athletic with the Moffat side expected to progress while joint League leaders Bonnyton Thistle will start as favourites to go into round three at the expense of Lochmaben.
Creetown will have their work cut out when they play host to Heston Rovers at Castle Cary Park. Nithsdale Wanderers welcome Lochar Thistle to Sanquhar while St Cuthbert and Newton Stewart meet for the second week in succession at St Mary’s Park.
At Stair Park, Stranraer will start as favourites against Mid Annandale.
There is a full programme of SFA Regional Challenge Cup second round ties being played with Threave Rovers the only club left flying the flag for the South. They are away to Lowland League side BSC Glasgow with the home side the more likely to progress.
The last Haig Gordon round two match takes place on Wednesday when Threave take on Lowland League side Edusport Academy.
On Friday evening Annan Athletic play Lochar Thistle at Galabank in a league match with a 7.30pm kick off.
Haig Gordon Cup round two (all 3pm): Abbey Vale v Queen of the South; Annan Athletic v Upper Annandale; Bonnyton Thistle v Lochmaben; Creetown v Heston Rovers; Nithsdale Wanderers v Lochar Thistle; St Cuthbert Wanderers v Newton Stewart; Stranraer v Mid Annandale.
SFA Challenge Cup South round two: BSC Glasgow v Threave Rovers. Haig Gordon Cup round two (kick-off 7.30pm): Edusport Academy v Threave Rovers. South of Scotland League (kick-off 7.30pm): Annan Athletic v Lochar Thistle.
Great strike Ben Irving opens the scoring for Threave Rovers against Bonnyton
Goal celebration But Threave threw away a two goal lead to lose to Bonnyton