South Scene preview with John McNaught

Fixtures for Saturday 4th October, 2014

All kick-offs at 3pm

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Creetown

Dumfries YMCA v Fleet Star

Nithsdale Wanderers v Upper-Annandale

South of Scotland League Cup – Round two

Edusport Academy v Crichton

Lochar Thistle v Heston Rovers

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Newton Stewart

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Mid-Annandale

There are only three South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played this Saturday with the other clubs involved in League Cup second round ties.

Creetown have the opportunity to build on last Saturdays victory over Nithsdale Wanderers when they travel to New Abbey to play the unpredictable Abbey Vale. The home side are playing well but having beaten a strong Edusport Academy side the previous week they lost out to Newton Stewart last time out at Blairmount Park. Creetown, however, may just have turned the corner with their last result against Nithsdale Wanderers and this contest looks like one that could go either way.

Fleet Star travel to play Dumfries YMCA following their impressive one all draw against St Cuthbert Wanderers last weekend and will be looking to score a few goals against bottom placed Dumfries YMCA. The newcomers are struggling to compete successfully since joining South football but it’s a good learning curve for the team as they find their feet but Star go into this match as strong favourites and in fact it would be a shock result had the Gatehouse side to lose.

Nithsdale Wanderers entertain Upper-Annandale at Sanquhar for another match that could go either way although Nithsdale are more comfortable on their home territory and may just have enough in their locker to take the three points from this encounter.

The four South of Scotland League cup second round ties all look as though they could be very evenly matched.

Crichton are on a high at the moment and they will be up for the fight when they travel to Hamilton to play Edusport Academy. The Academy side have a large turnover of players within their Academy and it depends on the availability of players on how they perform. This match looks like it could go close with possibly more than the ninety minutes of regular time being required to decide who progresses to the semi-final stages.

Lochar Thistle and Heston Rovers lock horns at Maxwelltown High School for another contest that could go either way and another one that could well take more than the regulation ninety minutes to find a winner. However, with home advantage favouring Lochar they will start as favourites to progress. St Cuthbert Wanderers have Newton Stewart as their visitors to St Mary’s Park and the Creesiders will be keen to maintain their domestic unbeaten record but may well have to be at the top of their game to keep this run going. Saints on the other hand will be disappointed with last Saturday’s result against Fleet Star and will be wanting to show that it was a one off result and that they can maintain their challenge in all South competitions one again this season.

The final cup tie is at Trammondford where Wigtown and Bladnoch play Mid-Annandale for a match the home side are expected to win. The Lockerbie side are not playing to their usual high standards but have the potential to pull victories out of the fire when not expected too. However Wigtown are playing well again and should take their place in the semi-final draw of this particular competition following this match.