Rivals set for table-top clash

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There is no doubt where the biggest match of the day in the South of Scotland League is being played this Saturday.

Leaders St Cuthbert Wanderers travel away to take on third-placed Newton Stewart at Blairmount Park.

Depending on results elsewhere, a victory could take the Creesiders to the top of the table but Saints, Wigtown and Bladnoch, and Nithsdale will all have their own different views to this happening.

Nevertheless this contest should be an entertaining one for the supporters of both sides, with more than a few goals on the cards.

Saints have to win to preserve their top spot while Newton have to win to keep themselves in the chase, while a draw would suit the other two top contenders.

Wigtown and Bladnoch are still favourites to win the league but may well have to be at their very best to see off Lochar Thistle at Trammondford Park this weekend. The Dumfries side are giving a very good account of themselves in their first season in South football and, although the home side will start as favourites to take the points from this encounter, it could also be a very good contest.

Nithsdale Wanderers travel to Gatehouse to play Fleet Star who, although the home are a much improved team from last season, are still leaking goals. It would be a surprise if they managed to hold the Sanquhar side.

Heston Rovers will be favourites to take the points from their match against Abbey Vale at New Abbey to keep themselves in with an outside chance of league glory this season.

Fixtures for Saturday, January 18

All kick-offs at 2pm unless otherwise stated

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Heston Rovers

Fleet Star v Nithsdale Wanderers

Newton Stewart v St Cuthbert Wanderers (3pm)

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Lochar Thistle