Sides are up for the cup

The South Challenge Cup competition kicks-off this weekend with some interesting ties in prospect.

The match at Dalbeattie, where the local Lowland League side play Stewartry neighbours St Cuthbert Wanderers, could be a close encounter with the visitors hoping to show that South football can compete with the Lowland League.

Star will go into this match as favourites to progress but they may well have to be at their best to see off a plucky Kirkcudbright side.

Present league leaders Newton Stewart play Heston Rovers at Blairmount and, although the home side will be favourites to go through to round two, matches between these two are usually quite close. Despite the recent league match seeing Newton coast home, with this being a cup tie anything can happen.

Mid-Annandale entertain Crichton at Galabank in another contest that could be close, and Nithsdale Wanderers look the form side for their match at New Abbey against Abbey Vale.

Fleet Star have second division side Annan Athletic as their visitors to Garries Park for a match the Galabank side will be expected to win although much will depend on the ages of the players who are fielded.

The same thing goes for the match at Maxwelltown High School where Lochar Thistle play hosts to Queen of the South. This could be a good match for the spectators with local lads on display on both sides.

Wigtown and Bladnoch have Creetown as their visitors to Trammondford Park and it would be a shock result if this contest ended in anything other than a decisive victory for the home side.

Fixtures for Saturday, January 25

All kick-offs at 2pm unless otherwise stated

South Challenge Cup first round

Abbey Vale v Nithsdale Wanderers

Dalbeattie Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Fleet Star v Annan Athletic

Lochar Thistle v Queen of the South

Mid-Annandale v Crichton (kick-off 3pm)

Newton Stewart v Heston Rovers (kick-off 3pm)

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Creetown