Cup contest could be close

Mid-Annandale and St Cuthbert Wanderers lock horns this Saturday at Galabank in their Potts Cup first round tie in a contest that could go close.

Mids are now well adapted to playing on the 3G surface and this contest is one that could go all the way before a winner is found.

There are four South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played, with the pick of the bunch being at Trammondford Park where Wigtown and Bladnoch entertain Nithsdale Wanderers.

The Sanquhar side will have taken heart from last Saturday 1-0 victory over Wigtown at Lorimer Park which sees the two sides sitting joint top of the league table but the home side will be keen to avenge that defeat to keep their title ambitions on track so a good contest is anticipated.

With home advantage this time favouring Wigtown, they will go into this match as favourites to take the three points but it is a game that could either way and a share of the points is sa possibility.

The local Dumfries derby between Lochar Thistle and Heston Rovers is another match that could be close.

Creetown, who are not enjoying the best of starts to the season, will have their work cut out to keep Crichton at bay, although the Hospital Park side are also showing a bit of inconsistency in early season matches.

Newton Stewart travel to New Abbey for the second week in succession and will be favourites to take the points this time around in their match with Abbey Vale following last week’s Potts Cup rout. Vale, on the other hand, will be keen to show that result was a one off and will be eager to put up a better show and produce a closer result.

Fixtures for Saturday, August 31.

All kick-offs at 3pm

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Newton Stewart

Creetown v Crichton

Lochar Thistle v Heston Rovers

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Nithsdale Wanderers

Potts Cup, first round

Mid-Annandale v St Cuthbert Wanderers