THERE is a mixed bag of fixtures scheduled with Heston Rovers playing hosts to Stranraer in a Potts Cup second round tie at Maryfield Park.
As spring arrives officially in south football circles, it should be noted that all kick-offs this weekend are at 3pm.
Although the Stair Park side will go into this contest as favourites to progress, Heston are a stuffy side to beat on their own park and if they find a bit of form then they are more than capable of pulling of a good result.
There are two Haig Gordon Cup ties being played with Crichton playing Queen of the South at Hospital Park in a first round tie and Creetown and Dalbeattie Star locking horns at Castle Cary Park in a second round tie. Queen are expected to play their budding youngsters in their match from their under-19s team when the two Jim Thompsons come head to head. Crichton will be keen to make a game of it in this contest but Queens youngsters are proving to be an exciting and skilful group with many of the players showing promise for the future and could well be too strong for the Hospital Park side in this encounter.
In the second round tie, Creetown will have their hands full to contain an experienced Dalbeattie Star side but Star are far from invincible as shown last Saturday when they went down by three goals to nil at home to Wigtown and Bladnoch.
This should be a very good match with Star favourite to go through, but if Creetown hit top form they can upset the odds to go into the next round of this particular competition. The other four scheduled matches are in the South of Scotland League where league leaders Threave Rovers will be keen to maintain and even increase their lead at the top of the table when the have Fleet Star as their visitors to Meadow Park. Star are a hard team to break down but Threave have the players who are capable of doing so and are expected to take the three points from this contest. Surprise package Mid-Annandale have Nithsdale Wanderers as their visitors to Lockerbie and they too will be looking to maintain their lofty position in the league. The Sanquhar side are blowing a bit hot and cold this season so far whereas Mids are enjoying a very good season and look the more likelier to take the three points from this match.
Wigtown and Bladnoch have St Cuthbert Wanderers as their visitors to Trammondford Park for a match that could well go close.
Wigtown are another side who have shown a bit of inconsistency this season but on their game they are a match for any other side in the league and a share of the points in this contest could be a possibility.
Newton Stewart play hosts to Abbey Vale at Blairmount Park for a match the home side will start as favourites but they will only take the points if their failings from last Saturday’s two goals to one reverse against Nithsdale are sorted out. Vale, by their own previous standards, are having a poor season but they have the players to hurt other teams and will certainly not be coming to Blairmount to be second best.
There are two South of Scotland league matches scheduled to be played on the evening of Wednesday, 9th March, with 7.30pm kick-offs - the big one being at Meadow Park where the two main title challengers go head to head with Threave Rovers entertaining Stewartry neighbours Dalbeattie Star.
This match looks too close to call although with home advantage favouring the Castle Douglas side they may well take the three points although a share of the points could well be the order of the day.
Over at Kirkcudbright, St Cuthbert Wanderers play hosts to Nithsdale Wanderers and it would be a shock result if the Sanquhar side took anything from this match with Saints keen to stay in the chase on the leaders.