League cup takes centre stage

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The two semi-finals of the South of Scotland League Cup take place this Saturday with the contest at Kirkcudbright between St Cuthbert Wanderers and Wigtown and Bladnoch looking like one that could go either way.

On this seasons overall form the Trammondford Park side will start as favourites to progress to the final of this particular competition but Saints are making a comeback under new management and this cup tie could possibly take more than the regulation ninety minutes to find a winner.

The other tie at Hamilton between Edusport Academy and Lochar Thistle looks more clear cut with the home side looking strong favourites to make it through to their first South final. The visitors have struggled for form in recent matches and come into this cup semi-final on the back of a heavy seven goals to nil defeat at the hands of Wigtown and Bladnoch.

Edu are a strong team with loads of options and although the Dumfriesshire side are expected to give a good account of themselves the home team look the more likelier to progress.

There are four South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played over the weekend with Mid-Annandale playing Dumfries YMCA on their new synthetic pitch at Lockerbie on Friday evening with a 7.30pm kick-off. The home side should christen their new pitch with a good victory as YMCA are struggling to make any kind of mark since joining South football and are conceding a high amount of goals on a regular basis. The Saturday League matches all have two o’clock kick-offs with leaders Newton Stewart looking to increase their lead at the top following their visit to Moffat to play Upper-Annandale with the two nearest challengers Lochar and Wigtown playing cup football.

Uppers have done fairly well since coming into South football but the Creesiders are still unbeaten in the league and will be keen to maintain this record. Nithsdale Wanderers and Abbey Vale meet again for the second week in succession but with a change of venue with this weekends fixture being at Sanquhar. Following the goal-less draw at New Abbey last Saturday both teams will be keen to hit the net although there could still be a share of the points at the end of the contest.

Creetown are going for four in a row with the visit of Crichton and on present form the Castle Cary team will start as slight favourites to do so to add another three points to their tally.

Fixtures Friday 7 November

South of Scotland League

Mid-Annandale v Dumfries YMCA – kick-off at 7.30pm

Fixtures for Saturday 8th November, 2014

South of Scotland League

All kick-offs at 2pm

Creetown v Crichton

Nithsdale Wanderers v Abbey Vale

Upper Annandale v Newton Stewart

South of Scotland Lreague Cup – Semi-finals

All kick-offs at 3pm

Edusport Academy v Lochar Thistle

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Wigtown and Bladnoch