This Saturday sees a mixture of South of Scotland League matches and South SFA Challenge Cup Round Two matches scheduled to be played.
St Cuthbert Wanderers have an opportunity to re-open their four point advantage over Newton Stewart at the top of the league table when they have Heston Rovers as their visitors to St Mary’s Park. This match however could well go close with there not being much to choose between the two teams although Saints have been the more consistent of the two so far this season. The Kirkcudbright side will start the match as favourites to take the three valuable points but may well have to be at their very best to maintain their very good run of form.
There are three mid-table matches being played with Crichton playing hosts to Creetown for a contest that could well see the points being shared while Mid-Annandale and Abbey Vale lock horns at Lockerbie with a similar result looking possible. Home advantage favouring Mids may just be the defining factor though.
Nithsdale Wanderers entertain Fleet Star at Sanquhar in the other match where again the match looks too close to call. Star are producing some very good football this season and the home side are never an easy team to play particularly on their own park so this match could go either way although Nithsdale may just shade a close result.
There are four ties scheduled to be played in the SFA Challenge Cup with three of them featuring South of Scotland League sides. Upper Annandale face up to fellow South League side Edusport Academy at Moffat for a match the visitors will be strong favourites to progress from although again much depends on the players selected to play from the large pool that Edu have at their disposal.
Newcomers BSC Glasgow entertain Wigtown and Bladnoch for a match the city side will be favourites to win to take their place in the fourth round of this particular competition. However, Wigtown are not without a fair chance of progressing themselves and an early goal could settle the South team towards a victory as they know the way to goal with some very keen goal scorers within their ranks.
Newton Stewart have Lowland League side Dalbeattie Star as their visitors to Blairmount Park and although the visitors with a much more experienced group of players at their disposal will start as favourites to progress but the Creesiders have upset the odds previously and Star will be wary in taking a pre-match result in their favour as a foregone conclusion. Newton Stewart have now regrouped well since their enforced management change and showed in their game last week against Nithsdale Wanderers that they are back to their best and will going all out to make a real challenge in this tie
Lowland League Clubs East Kilbride and Gretna 2008 lock horns for a place in Round Four in another match that looks like it could go either way.
Fixtures for Saturday 14th February
South of Scotland League
Creetown v Crichton – kick-off 2pm
Mid-Annandale v Abbey Vale – kick-off 3pm
Nithsdale Wanderers v Fleet Star – kick-off 2pm
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Heston Rovers – kick-off 3pm
South SFA Regional Challenge Cup - Round 3
BSC Glasgow v Wigtown and Bladnoch –kick-off 3pm
East Kilbride v Gretna 2008 –kick-off 3pm
Newton Stewart v Dalbeattie Star – kick-off 3pm
Upper Annnandale v Edusport Academey – kick-off 1.30pm