Th­reave lose five-goal thriller

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - John McNaught

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

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