South Scene preview with John McNaught

Galloway Gazette football correspondent John McNaught previews this weekend’s games in the South of Scotland League.

Fixture for Friday 9th January, 2015

Mid-Annandale v Upper-Annandale – kick-off at 7.30pm

Fixtures for Saturday 10th January, 2015

All kick-offs at 2pm unless otherwise stated

Abbey Vale v Heston Rovers

Creetown v Dumfries YMCA

Crichton v Fleet Star

Lochar Thistle v Newton Stewart

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Edusport Academy – kick-off at 3pm

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Nithsdale Wanderers

There is a full programme of South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played this weekend with the local Annandale derby taking place at New St Edward’s Park, Lockerbie, on the evening of Friday, January 9, when Mids play hosts to Uppers. These teams look well matched and should produce an entertaining match with a few goals to provide a good crowd with an intriguing contest which could well end in a share of the points.

On Saturday afternoon Abbey Vale entertain Heston Rovers at New Abbey for another match that could go close and although Vale went down in a Potts Cup tie to Mids the last time out they will go into this match as slight favourites to maintain their good league record. Dumfries YMCA for the second week in succession make their may along the A75 to play Creetown at Castle Cary Park following their ten goals to nil defeat at the same venue last Saturday. The bottom placed side are struggling to come to terms with South football and will not be relishing this trip to Creetown where the home side will start as strong favourites to take the three points.

Crichton have Fleet Star as their visitors in Dumfries for a match that looks evenly balanced but with home advantage favouring Crichton then they look like favourites to take the three points from this contest. League leaders Newton Stewart under new interim management play their first match since manager George Grierson departed when they travel to play Lochar Thistle at Maxwelltown High School. This is a vital match for the Creesiders and this will be the type of match that they will have to win if they are to maintain their league championship ambitions. Lochar have showed this season that they are no pushovers and the result of this match could well go close.

St Cuthbert Wanderers entertain Edusport Academy at St Mary’s Park and although the visitors look like favourites to take the three points the Kirkcudbright side will as usual fight all the way to avoid defeat.

Second placed Wigtown and Bladnoch play hosts to Nithsdale Wanderers at Trammondford Park for a contest that the home side should win although they could possibly have one eye on the proceedings at Maxwelltown on the Newton Stewart match.