Newton aim to make cup history

Newton Stewart have the opportunity to make history this weekend in the William Hill Scottish Cup first round replay against Highland League side Fort William by claiming a place in the second round.

Following a very good second-half display last Saturday in Fort William, the Creesiders should have no fears about this replay if they can maintain that form.

However, the visitors have a useful striker in Gordon McCarroll and if he can find his shooting boots then he could be dangerous and an obstacle to Newton’s progression.

Newton should be at almost full strength for this match with the winners being drawn at home in round two against Highland League side Lossiemouth or Aberdeen Junior side Culter, who also played out a goalless first match.

The match is being played at Trammondford Park by courtesy of Wigtown and Bladnoch Football Club as the new 3G pitch at Blairmount Park is still under construction.

The William Hill Scottish Cup draw has been made which sees Dalbeattie Star drawn at home against Second division Montrose, Threave Rovers will be playing away against East Stirling, Annan Athletic away to Buckie Thistle and St Cuthbert Wanderers away to Auchinleck Talbot Juniors.

There are two South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played, with Creetown hosting Lochar Thistle at Castle Cary Park and Fleet Star entertaining Mid-Annandale at Garries Park.

Thistle have shown so far this season that they are a team to be reckoned with since coming into the league and Creetown may find them a handful to contain. However, the Ferrytoon team will be keen to climb up the league table under their new management and are expected to give a good account of themselves.

Fleet Star will also be looking to put points on the board when they have Mids as their visitors but this contest could be close with a share of the points a possibility.

There are three South of Scotland League Cup quarter-final matches also scheduled, with Abbey Vale playing hosts to Wigtown and Bladnoch at New Abbey. The Trammondford Park side will start as favourites to progress to the semi-final stages but Vale are a useful team on their own park and are expected to offer a bit of resistance.

Heston Rovers entertain Nithsdale Wanderers at Palmerston Park and will also go into this contest as favourites. However, the Sanquhar team are a bit unpredictable this season and are more than capable of pulling off a surprise result.

Crichton travel to St Mary’s Park, Kirkcudbright, to play St Cuthbert Wanderers in a match that could go close, although Saints, with home advantage, are expected to progress.

Fixtures for Saturday, September 21

All kick-offs at 3pm

William Hill Scottish Cup, first round replay

Newton Stewart v Fort William

(at Trammondford Park, Wigtown)

South of Scotland League

Creetown v Lochar Thistle

Fleet Star v Mid-Annandale

South of Scotland League Cup

(quarter-finals)

Abbey Vale v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Heston Rovers v Nithsdale Wanderers

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Crichton