Packed week for South teams

There are three South Challenge Cup second round matches scheduled for this Saturday, along with three South of Scotland League matches.

The region’s two senior clubs, Stranraer and Queen of the South, lock horns at Stair Park when it is expected both will field their under-19 teams. Home advantage should help Stranraer but the Palmerston side may just be too strong for them.

Heston Rovers play hosts to Dumfries neighbours Crichton at Maryfield in a contest the home side will be favourites to progress from, while Nithsdale Wanderers entertain Threave Rovers at Lorimer Park, Sanquhar.

The Castle Douglas are expected to win this match but Nithsdale are no pushovers on their own ground and the result could be close.

In the three league games being played, the visitors should win them all.

St Cuthbert Wanderers visit Gatehouse to play near neighbours Fleet Star.

Wigtown and Bladnoch travel to play Abbey Vale at New Abbey and Mid-Annandale play Creetown at Castle Cary Park.

Mid-Annandale may well have the toughest task to take the three points against Creetown while the other two visiting teams should take full points quite comfortably from their respective encounters.

The SFA Regional Cup final (South) takes place on Sunday at Galabank where Dalbeattie Star play East of Scotland Premier League side Whitehill Welfare in a match that could go either way, although the South champions are expected to put in a good performance to show that South football is in good shape.

On Monday evening, Wigtown and Bladnoch entertain neighbours Newton Stewart at Trammondford Park in a Haig Gordon Cup semi-final. Wigtown are flying high in the league this season and will be favourites to go through to the final but Newton Stewart are enjoying a run of good form and will have their own ambitions to make it to the final. Matches between these two rivals are always good for the spectators and there is nothing to suggest this one will be any different.

There are four matches scheduled to be played on Wednesday evening, with Newton Stewart hosting Dalbeattie Star in the semi-final of the Potts Cup, with the winner playing Threave Rovers or Wigtown and Bladnoch in the final on Wednesday, May 15.

There are three South of Scotland League matches scheduled, with Creetown playing hosts to Wigtown and Bladnoch, Crichton entertaining St Cuthbert Wanderers and Heston Rovers playing Threave Rovers at Maryfield and, again, all the visiting teams look favourites to take the three points.

Fixtures for Saturday, April 20

All kick-offs at 3pm

Challenge Cup second round

Heston Rovers v Crichton

Nithsdale Wanderers v Threave Rovers

Stranraer v Queen of the South

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Creetown v Mid-Annandale

Fleet Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Fixture for Sunday, April 21

Kick-off at 3pm

Match being played at Galbank Stadium, Annan

SFA Regional Cup (South) final

Dalbeattie Star v Whitehill Welfare

Fixture for Monday, April 22

Kick-off at 6.45pm

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Newton Stewart

Fixtures for Wednesday, April 24

All kick-offs at 7pm

Potts Cup semi-final

Newton Stewart v Dalbeattie Star

South of Scotland League

Creetown v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Crichton v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Heston Rovers v Threave Rovers