South cup ties this weekend

The first round of the South Regional Cup is scheduled to take place this Saturday when the South of Scotland League teams will be joined by the regional Lowland League teams and Glasgow University.

Crichton host Lowland League club Dalbeattie Star at Hospital Park for a match that the visitors will be expected to win.

However the home side with a few ex-Star players around the club will not just be there to make up the numbers and this contest could well go close before a winner is found.

Heston Rovers travel to Raydale Park to play Lowland League side Gretna 2008 but may find the home team a bit too experienced for them although once again the Dumfries based team are expected to give a good account of themselves against stiff opposition. Lowland club Threave Rovers play hosts to South of Scotland League basement boys Creetown who are now under the management of two ex Threave Committee in the form of Hugh Robertson and Gary Holden.

The home side will be strong favourites to progress but with the Threave connection now at Creetown the visitors will be keen to put on a good show.

There are four South League clubs contesting places in the second round and at Maxwelltown High School Lochar lock horns with Wigtown and Bladnoch in a match that the South of Scotland League leaders will start as favourites to progress from.

However Lochar have had a good start to their first season in South football and although losing by five goals to nil last time out Wigtown may not have it all their own way. Mid-Annandale play St Cuthbert Wanderers at Galabank, Annan with Saints looking the more likelier to go through although Mids managed to take a point from a high flying Heston at Palmerston Park last weekend and will be no pushovers.

Fleet Star travel to Blairmount Park to play Newton Stewart and are expected to give a good account of themselves although if the home side strike the form that they are capable of then the Creesiders should record a victory. On the other hand if Star play as they too can do then this tie could well be a close run thing. Nithsdale Wanderers have a home tie against Abbey Vale at Sanquhar and should make it through to the second round if they hit the form that they displayed in the second half against Newton Stewart last Saturday when they came from two behind to take the three points.

Vale also recorded a sound two goals to nil victory against Fleet Star and are beginning to find a bit of good form following a stick start to the season. Glasgow University play East Kilbride in the eighth match which will produce the eight teams who will make up the second round draw.