Four new teams could join South league

There are only four matches scheduled to be played this weekend, two of them Tweedie Cup second round ties and two South of Scotland League encounters.

The two league matches give the second and third placed teams the opportunity to reduce Newton Stewart’s lead at the top and both Wigtown and Bladnoch and St Cuthbert Wanderers look likely to do so with some ease.

Saints play Abbey Vale at St Mary’s Park and are expected to take the three points comfortably and add to their goal difference at the same time.

Wigtown and Bladnoch may have the tougher of the two matches but they, too, will start as strong favourites to take the three points to reduce the nine-point deficit at the top of the table.

Nithsdale Wanderers will be favourites to progress to the semi-final stages of the Tweedie Cup following their encounter with Creetown at Castle Cary Park.

At Galabank, Mid-Annandale play hosts to an improving Crichton and this tie could well go close, with possibly more than the scheduled 90 minutes being required to find a winner.

Meanwhile, the general meeting of the Southern Counties Football Association heard last Thursday night that there is a possibility of four teams joining the league next season, with three Dumfries Amateur League teams showing an interest along with Annan Athletic perhaps playing a reserve team in the South.

The amateur clubs involved are Upper-Annandale from Moffat, YMCA and Terregles from the Dumfries area.

Representatives of the association will visit each of the clubs’ grounds to see if they fit the criteria to join South football.

Fixtures for Saturday, March 8

All kick-offs 2pm unless otherwise stated

Tweedie Cup second round

Creetown v Nithsdale Wanderers

Mid-Annandale v Crichton (3pm)

South of Scotland League

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Abbey Vale (3pm)

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Lochar Thistle