But Queens face an injury sweat over star
Opening fixtures played in the Challenge Cup
The Challenge Cup first round took place on Saturday.
Lowland League side and cup holders Dalbeattie Star travelled to Newton Stewart and recorded an 8-0 win.
Connor Graham started the rout followed by a Robert Green effort. Ross Thomson headed number three before Newton’s Gavin Williamson was dismissed for a second yellow.
Ally Mason scored a fourth for Star before a glancing header by Thomson found the net. Lewis Todd scored number six with Lewis Swan netting two minutes later. Young sub Lloyd Pipe scored the final goal before the Creesiders’ Ross Drysdale was red-carded.
Mid Annandale visited New Abbey to play Abbey Vale, winning 2-1.
The Lockerbie side was two to the good by the break through Benji Wagner and Dean Smith. Vale failed to break down a stubborn defence with only an own goal to show for their work.
Lochmaben entertained St Cuthberts for the second week and Saints reversed the outcome in a 3-1 win.
The Ki rkcudbright side’s goals came from Joe McMillan, Dale Milligan and an OG with Jordan Muirhead finding a consolation for the home side.
There were five South League matches with tabletoppers Stranraer at home against Heston and running out 3-1 winners. The visitors took the lead through Fraser Scott but the home side levelled before the break.
Stranraer scored twice after the restart to maintain their perfect record.
Second-placed Lochar Thistle travelled to play Nithsdale Wanderers with the visitors also still unbeaten. However, they lost their record in a 3-1 victory for the home side.
A Sean McKenzie double added to a Lewis Lang single was enough with Mark Worrall scoring a consolation for the visitors.
The result saw Lochar slip to third with Bonnyton moving up to second following their 5-0 win over Dumfries YMCA.
Threave and Upper Annandale sat fourth and fifth respectively on goal difference before Saturday’s encounter but the Moffat side leap- frogged their visitors with a 5-2 victory.
The goals for Uppers came from Logan Dixon, Hayden Long, Bailey White, Lewis Swift and Peter Paton.
Annan and Wigtown locked horns for the second week with the Trammondford side having won the previous match 3-1 on their own ground.
Annan now have their first point of the season after a 1-1 draw. Following a goalless first half, Stuart McClymont put the visitors ahead with a 20-yard shot before the home side found the net to take a share of the points and break their duck. Results, December 1:
South League: Annan 1 Wigtown 1; Bonnyton Thistle 5 YMCA 0; Nithsdale 3 Lochar Thistle 1; Stranraer 3 Heston Rovers 1; Upper Annandale 5 Threave Rovers 2.
SCFA Challenge Cup round one: Lochmaben 1 St Cuthbert Wanderers 4; Newton Stewart 0 Dalbeattie Star 8; Abbey Vale 1 Mid Annandale 2.
Hostilities over Queens boss Gary Naysmith with counterpart Gary Caldwell at full-time