There are three Tweedie Cup second round matches and three South of Scotland league matches scheduled to be played on Saturday and a Haig Gordon second round tie and a Cree Lodge Cup second round tie down to be played on Wednesday evening.
The three cup ties all look interesting and contests that could go either way. Dalbeattie Star play hosts to Crichton on the back of narrow victories for both teams last weekend. Star scraped through by a single goal against Wigtown while Crichton beat off the challenge of Heston Rovers by the same scoreline. The Hospital Park side would appear to have turned the corner and are expected to push Star all the way although with home advantage they will start as slight favourites to progress. Wigtown and Bladnoch play hosts to St Cuthbert Wanderers and considering the narrow defeat last Saturday by Dalbeattie Star where they had as many chances as their opponents to score, the Trammondford Park side could well have the beating of the Kirkcudbright side this time around but it will be a close tussle. Newton Stewart travel to play Abbey Vale for a match which is another that could go either way. These two teams usually produce a close and even match but with home advantage Vale will be slight favourites to record a victory but the Creesiders will have different thoughts about the outcome and it could well take more than the regulation ninety minutes to find a winner from this tie.
Threave Rovers have been denied the chance to go the top of the South of Scotland League twice recently by matches being postponed so the Meadow Park side will be hoping for better luck this Saturday when they travel to Lockerbie to play Mid-Annandale. The present South Champions though will have to be at their best to take the three points as Mid-Annandale are more than capable of causing an upset. It would be a surprise result though if the Castle Douglas side failed to win this match but there may be very little in it at the end of the day. Heston Rovers entertain Nithsdale Wanderers at Maryfield for a match which looks close with a share of the points a possibility while bottom placed Creetown will be looking for their first league victory of the season when they travel the short distance to Gatehouse to play Fleet Star. Star though are a stuffy team particularly at home and are expected to take the three points.
There are two matches scheduled for the evening of Wednesday 21st March with Queen of the South playing Dalbeattie Star in a Haig Gordon second round tie and Threave Rovers play Crichton in the second round of the Cree Lodge Cup. Both home teams will be favourites to progress but the respective visitors will have very different ideas about this.
Fixtures for Saturday 17th March, 2012
All kick offs at 3pm
Tweedie Cup - Round Two
Dalbeattie Star v Crichton
Wigtown and Bladnoch v St Cuthbert Wanderers
Abbey Vale v Newton Stewart
South of Scotland League
Fleet Star v Creetown
Mid-Annandale v Threave Rovers
Heston Rovers v Nithsdale Wanderers
Wednesday 21st March, 2012
Haig Gordon Cup - Round Two
Queen of the South v Dalbeattie Star
Cree Lodge Cup - Round Two
Threave Rovers v Crichton
By John McNaught