Stuffy Vale dig deep for a point
Spoils shared in thriller
ABBEY VALE ..................................... 3 BONNYTON THISTLE...................... 3
Abbey Vale came from behind three times to take a point in a thrilling game against Bonnyton Thistle.
David Stevenson put the visitors in front in the first minute but 10 minutes later Vale equalised when Dylan Cairnie sent Dom McMahon through to score.
Bonnyton retook the lead just minutes later through Kris Kerr, Hayden Edgar heading Vale level from a Cairnie free-kick.
Andrew Stevenson scored from the spot early in the second half but Vale salvaged a point six minutes from the end when Tommy Goss took the ball on his chest before turning and scoring.
Andrew Stevenson had a late chance to snatch victory for the Kilmarnock side but somehow failed to find the target with the goal gaping.
Vale co-manager Allan Clark said: “It was probably a fair result in the end but we could have sneaked it at the end.
“The first-half performance wasn’t very good, the second half it was all us and we had a chance to sneak it.
“It showed good character, especially after midweek. We had to make six changes after Wednesday night. We had 21 players on Saturday so the squad is coming in to use.
“We had a few players struggling on Saturday so it was easy to decide who to leave out.”
Vale had suffered an extra-time defeat to Edusport Academy in the Haig Gordon Cup on the Wednesday before they faced Bonnyton.
The busy schedule continued this week with a game at Wigtown last night before hosting Creetown on Saturday. Clark added: “It’s a game that if we want to finish third we have to win. We certainly can finish third, it’s in our own hands.
“For the younger boys, two or three games a week is OK but for the older ones, it’s maybe a bit more of a problem.”
CREETOWN ....................................... 1 ANNAN ATHLETIC............................ 1
Creetown had to settle for a point against bottom club Annan Athletic.
Rab Joe Paisley’s goal gave the hosts the lead at the interval but in the second half their young opponents equalised to claim just their second point of the season.
This weekend sees Creetown go to Abbey Vale.
WIGTOWN & BLADNOCH ..............4 ST CUTHBERT WANDERERS ..........1
St Cuthbert Wanderers rounded off their league campaign by losing a seven goal thriller at Wigtown.
The home side took the lead thanks to Blair Dougan’s goal before Ben Jaekel equalised.
In the second half, Stuart McClymont restored Wigtown’s lead before Marc Whyte levelled things up with a penalty, another Whyte spotkick putting Saints in front.
But Kerr Irons equalised once again before McClymont scored his second to give Wigtown all three points.