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Fixtures for Saturday, February 11.

All kick-offs at 2pm unless otherwise stated

SFA Regional Challenge Cup South, quarter finals – Vale of Leithen v Threave Rovers, Lothian Thistle or Eyemouth v Glasgow University, St Cuthbert Wanderers v Stirling University, Heston Rovers v Duns.

Potts Cup, round one – Creetown v Nithsdale Wanderers

South of Scotland League

Crichton v Newton Stewart, Fleet Star v Mid-Annandale, Abbey Vale v Wigtown and Bladnoch, Stranraer v Dalbeattie Star, Creetown v Nithsdale Wanderers (match postponed).

Once again last Saturday the South football programme was severely disrupted due to the adverse weather conditions with only one match surviving at Castle Douglas where Threave Rovers met Abbey Vale in a league match but the deteriorating weather meant that the referee had to abandon that match after 35 minutes.

It is hoped that the weather allows this week’s matches to be played with the SFA Regional Cup South section quarter finals scheduled which involve three South of Scotland clubs. Threave Rovers travel to Innerliethen to play Vale of Leithen for a match that will test the South champions to the full, although the Castle Douglas side could well progress if they play to their best and most consistent form. The East of Scotland Premier League side are presently sitting in ninth place in their division table but have only played three matches to date and could well prove to be formidable opposition.

The other two South sides are at home, with Heston Rovers playing hosts to First Division side Duns and, again, if the Maryfield outfit hit the form that they are capable of, they too have a good chance of going through to the semi-final stages.

St Cuthbert Wanderers may well have the toughest of the ties when they entertain Stirling University at St Mary’s Park. The East of Scotland Premier League university side are unbeaten in the league and have scored 15 goals and lost only five, so Saints will have to be at their very best to survive and take their place in the semi-finals. The fourth match to find the last four is between either Lothian Thistle or Eyemouth and Glasgow University.

There is one first-round tie being played in the Potts Cup competition, with Creetown playing hosts to Nithsdale Wanderers at Castle Cary Park in a match that could go either way, although the more experienced visitors will start as slight favourites to progress.

There are four South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played. League leaders Dalbeattie Star are looking to add to their points tally on their visit to Stair Park to play Stranraer. This looks like being the match of the day and is another one which could go either way, but Star have the incentive to take the three points as they aspire to win this season’s title and will start as favourites. However, they will have to be at their best against a very good home side to do so.

The other three fixtures look very evenly matched with mid-table teams playing teams placed lower but aspiring to climb the table. Abbey Vale host Wigtown and Bladnoch at New Abbey with the visitors in an unusual tenth place having won only two of their 11 league matches to date. And although the home side are only one place above they have taken six points more. A share of the points in this match could be a distinct possibility.

Fifth-placed Newton Stewart travel to Hospital Park to play 12th placed Crichton in the hope that they manage a match having not played since November 19 last year. Prior to this enforced break, the Creesiders were enjoying a fairly good season but may well now be in need of match fitness. Crichton, though, have also had a long break so the result of this match could hinge on which team shakes of any rustiness and settles the soonest. Again, this match could go either way.

Fleet Star who hold down 11th place in the table have sixth-placed Mid-Annandale as their visitors to Garries Park. Both sides are more than capable of winning this match which once again looks too close to call.