Abbey Vale v Newton Stewart

7.30pm  29 July 2015

South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale 1 Newton Stewart 2 (att 42)

I thought I'd missed the opportunity to see a game on the 3G pitch at Dumfries High School when Crichton FC, after nearly folding completely, returned to their former ground after just one season here.

But, fortunately for me, Abbey Vale have taken up temporary residence while maintenance work is carried out on their usual home ground.

It's not an interesting venue though, just a caged, floodlit, artificial pitch at the back of some ageing school buildings. On the plus side it does have a fenced-off area for spectators along one touchline, some nice views on the far side, and it allowed me to complete visits to all the current South of Scotland League grounds.

It was a decent game as well. Abbey Vale, whose opening league fixture on Saturday was abandoned after just 20 minutes due a waterlogged, artificial, pitch, took an early lead. Newton Stewart, who drew their first game, were soon level.

Both sides created chances, and really should have scored a few of them, but the winning goal for the visitors was a well-taken volley about 20 minutes from the end.

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