South of Scotland League
Creetown 3 Heston Rovers 5
CREETOWN wasted a great chance to take all three points against Heston Rovers who are closing in on a third placed finish.
Chris Mellon shot the hosts into the lead after 17 minutes before Nathan Thomson doubled the lead.
Russell Jardine was able to pull one back but Mellon scored from Scott Mazza’s pass to give Creetown what appeared to be a comfortable lead at the break.
However, two minutes into the second half Steve Walker chipped in Heston’s second before Steve Millar slammed in a cracker from 25 yards to level the scores.
With their tails up Heston took the lead for the first time through Ryan Adamson 15 minutes from time, the same player completing the scoring to secure the win.
Mid Annandale 3St Cuthbert Wanderers 1
KING Edward Park’s final game for at least a season saw Mid Annandale take a terrific win over St Cuthbert Wanderers.
Carlos Crosbie gave them the lead after half an hour and just before the break Grant Schooler took advantage of a defensive mix-up to double the advantage.
Schooler, who has been playing up front in recent weeks despite being a defender, added the third just after the interval when he shot through a ruck of players before Ben Irving pulled one back for Saints moments later.
Nathan Muir thought he had a fourth but it was ruled out for offside with Scott Martin also going close to scoring.
Mid Annandale are set to use Annan Athletic’s new 3G pitch at Galabank for next season - and possibly longer - so they can carry out some improvements to their Lockerbie home.
Nithsdale Wanderers 1Fleet Star 4
FLEET Star ended the season in style with Kevin Smith bagging a hat-trick.
Ian Bell gave Nithsdale an early lead when he rounded the keeper to score from a tight angle after just three minutes but a quarter of an hour later Smith equalised, pouncing on a rebound after Jordan Brown’s shot was saved.
A Terry McKie bullet header from Davie McKie’s corner gave them the lead in the 29th minute and six minutes into the second half the goalscorer played in Smith to rifle in his second.
With 15 minutes left Nithsdale had a man sent off for violent conduct and six minutes later Smith completed his hat-trick from another Terry McKie pass.
Stranraer FC 5 Crichton 2
A BLAIR Dougan hat-trick saw Stranraer win in a dramatic match that saw four red cards.
Dougan’s early double was followed by both sides having a man sent off when Stranraer’s Richard Jones and Crichton’s Lee Schneider squared up to each other.
Lee True was soon following his team-mate down the tunnel for what the referee deemed a two footed challenge.
Stranraer made it three through Gary Smith before Elliot Johnstone got one back for Crichton when he scored from Brodie Turner’s cutback.
Stranraer restored their two goal lead through Dougan but a terrific individual effort from Turner, when he beat three players to score from a tight angle, gave Crichton hope.
However, Jamie McHarrie got Stranraer’s fifth with Paul Leighfield the third Crichton player to be sent off for what was deemed a last man challenge, .
Crichton chief Jim Thomson was scathing of the referee’s performance although pointed out that was not why his side lost.
He said: “I’m not one for blaming referees but he definitely didn’t help. It was probably one of the worst refereeing displays I’ve seen for a long time.
“He didn’t have any linesman on either line and he effectively refereed the game from the centre circle and the only time he ran was when he was going to book someone.
“The first two red cards were ridiculous - the boys were shaking hands before they’d even walked off the park.
“Lee True slid in for the ball, won it and the boy went down. It was an innocuous challenge but the whistle went, the referee went charging over and flashed the red card.
“The Stranraer boss Alan Hannah said it was a disgraceful decision while I was stunned by the whole thing.
“In stoppage time the boy went down when Paul Leighfield challenged him and it was a straight red card for a last man challenge but the boy wasn’t right through. None of the players deserved to be sent off.
“I’m not blaming the referee for the result because after giving away two goals we were up against it and he was just as bad for both sides.
“We only had 11 players again with injuries and players not being available but I felt it was a strong 11 and we would be able to compete.
“We started poorly and gave away two cheap goals from two bad mistakes so obviously we were up against it.
“We started the second half reasonably well but then a goal kick got punted up the middle of the park, the boy won the header unchallenged, the player ran in and made it 4-2. It was a simple goal to lose.
“Brodie Turner’s goal got us back into the game but chances were few and far between, although if we’d got a third it might have rattled them.”