Dumfries YMCA v St Cuthbert Wanderers

3pm  4 April 2015

South of Scotland League
Dumfries YMCA 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 4 (att 35)

For a time I thought this might be the day's most surprising football result anywhere in the UK. It took until mid-way through the second half before St Cuthbert edged in front for the first time in the game, and it was enough to ensure a 4-3 win.

To put it into context, Dumfries YMCA began this game with just one league point, and had lost the away fixture at third place St Cuthbert 9-1.

It's been a difficult season for YMCA, who transferred to the South of Scotland League after the demise of the Dumfries Amateur League last summer. They'd finished bottom of the Amateur League so the step up to senior football was always likely to be a steep one.

St Cuthbert dominated possession from the off, but lapses at the back allowed the home side to score twice in the first 13 minutes, with their first two shots on goal. St Cuthbert fought back, and by half time it was 2-2.

Dumfries might have been deflated after losing their lead, but they made a positive start to the second half and were soon in front again. Inevitably the visitors fought back, scoring twice for a win they deserved, but it was tough on YMCA.

Not surprisingly for a club propelled into senior football from the amateur ranks, their ground is basic. Kingolm Park is basically a riverside public park, not far from the town centre. The pitch is roped off and players chance in a distant pavilion, from where half-time refreshments are available from friendly club officials. I liked Dumfries YMCA, and hopefully they'll prosper in the South of Scotland League.









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