South Scene preview with John McNaught

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Galloway Gazette football correspondent John McNaught look forward to this weekend’s fixtures.

Fixtures for Saturday 21st February, 2015

South of Scotland League

Dumfries YMCA v Abbey Vale – kick-off 2pm

South Challenge Cup – Round 2

Lochar Thistle v Heston Rovers – kick-off 2pm

Mid-Annandale v St Cuthbert Wanderers – kick-off 3pm

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Newton Stewart – kick-off 2pm

Tweedie Cup – Round 1

Creetown v Upper-Annandale – kick-off 2pm

There is a mixed bag of fixtures scheduled to be played this weekend in South football.

Only one South of Scotland League match is going ahead and that is in Dumfries where YMCA play hosts to the in form Abbey Vale. YMCA are struggling in their first season in South football and Vale are expected to keep up their recent run of good form to claim the three points as well as improving their goal difference.

There is also a Tweedie Cup first round tie being played at Castle Cary Park where Creetown entertain Upper Annandale for what should be a good contest between two evenly matched sides. Home advantage though should see Creetown progress to round two although it could well take more than the scheduled ninety minutes play before a winner is found.

The other three matches are all in round three of the South Challenge Cup with Lochar Thistle and Heston Rovers locking horns at Maxwelltown High School for another encounter that could go close. Heston come into this match on the back of a very good victory over St Cuthbert Wanderers last time out and could well be the more likelier to progress from this tie in a close run match.

St Cuthbert Wanderers travel to Lockerbie to play Mid-Annandale with both sides having been defeated last weekend. Saints look the more experienced of the two sides and Mids will do well to keep the contest close but with home advantage and being a cup-tie in the South’s most prestigious competition anything could happen.

There is a local derby at Trammondford Park where rivals Wigtown and Bladnoch meet neighbours Newton Stewart. There could be many more contests between what are arguably this season’s two top South teams and this one just as the others will be expected to be a very good and exciting match and one well worth a visit to from the supporters of both sides. The two sides look very close and evenly matched and the result of this tie will be decided on what team strikes best form on the day.