Season reaches its climax

Providing the weather stays fine, the final two matches of the season will take place in midweek, with league champions Dalbeattie Star visiting the grass pitch at Blairmount for the last time to play Newton Stewart prior to the 3G pitch being installed.

The Creesiders will be keen to finish the season on a high and could well push the champions all the way – just as they did in the Potts Cup semi-final when the home side recorded a 1-0 victory.

Whatever happens, though, the points will not alter the table positions for either team, with Star having already won the league and Newton Stewart finishing in a creditable sixth position.

Star are back in action on Wednesday evening for the final match of the season when they play Nithsdale Wanderers at Galabank, Annan, in the final of the South’s most prestigious competition, the South Challenge Cup.

The Stewartry side will start as favourites to add this trophy to their collection but the Sanquhar side can never be underestimated and on their day are a match for any of the South teams.

Although Star are the likelier of the two to win this contest it could all the way to decide the trophy’s destination.

With the 2012/13 season at an end, the annual general meeting of the Southern Counties Football Association will take place at Islecroft Stadium on the evening of Wednesday, May 30. There is an air of expectancy about season 2013/14 with some clubs having new managers, the probability of new clubs joining the South set-up, the possibility of some clubs leaving to join the proposed Scottish Lowland League and the installation and availability of new 3G pitches across the region. All should become much clearer in the forthcoming weeks.

Fixture for Monday, May 27

Kick-off at 7.30pm

South of Scotland League

Newton Stewart v Dalbeattie Star

Fixture for Wednesday, May 29

Kick-off at 7.30pm

South Challenge Cup Final

Dalbeattie Star v Nithsdale Wanderers

(at Galabank, Annan)