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John McNaught

South League Cup Second Round

Heston Rovers v Stranraer

Wigtown and Bladnoch v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Haig Gordon Cup First Round

Newton Stewart v Creetown

Tweedie Cup Second Round

Mid Annandale v Threave Rovers

South of Scotland League

Crichton v Dalbeattie Star

Nithsdale Wanderers v Abbey Vale

some of this week’s fixtures have been scheduled on many previous occasions but postponed due to weather conditions and waterlogged pitches.

The two South League Cup second round matches scheduled to be played this Saturday have already been called off five times each so all clubs involved will be keen to see their respective ties taking place this time around.

Heston Rovers are hosts to Stranraer and, on the back of a fairly good Challenge Cup display against Duns last time out, will be well prepared for the Stair Park visitors. As is always said about Stranraer, much depends on which players they have available and things will be no different for this tie, which could well be close.

Wigtown and Bladnoch entertain St Cuthbert Wanderers at Trammondford Park with the visitors starting as favourites to progress although the home side are a stuffy outfit and Saints will not get it all their own way.

The Haig Gordon Cup first round match at Blairmount sees Newton Stewart and neighbours Creetown going head to head and this is another contest that could be very evenly matched. However, both sides have seen very little competitive football over the past few months and much may well depend on what set of players settles best because of the lack of match practice.

Mid Annandale and Threave Rovers are due to play each other at Lockerbie in the Tweedie Cup second round match, which has also been cancelled on several occasions. It is difficult to see anything other than a Threave victory but Mids are a hard team to break down, particularly at home, so the Castle Douglas side will know that they have been in a match.

In the South of Scotland League, leaders Dalbeattie Star will be keen to maintain their unbeaten league record when they visit Hospital Park to play Crichton and, although Jim Thompson’s men recorded a good victory over Newton Stewart last Saturday, the visitors should take the three points from this encounter.

At Sanquhar, it would be no surprise if Nithsdale Wanderers had to be content with a point from their home match against Abbey Vale, with the New Abbey side showing beter form of late.