South Scene preview with John McNaught

Galloway Gazette football correspondent John McNaught look ahead to both this weekend and next week’s top games in the south.

Fixtures for Saturday 11th April, 2015

All kick-offs at 3pm

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Newton Stewart

Dumfries YMCA v Crichton

Fleet Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Lochar Thistle v Edusport Academy

Mid-Annandale v Heston Rovers

Nithsdale Wanderers v Creetown

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Upper Annandale

Fixtures for Tuesday 14th April, 2015

South of Scotland League

Creetown v Wigtown and Bladnoch –kick-off 6.30pm

Newton Stewart v Fleet Star – kick-off 7.30pm

Upper Annandale v Lochar Thistle – kick-off 6.30pm

Tweedie Cup Round One

Abbey Vale v Heston Rovers – kick-off 6.30pm

Fixture for Wednesday 15th April, 2015

South of Scotland League

Edusport Academy v Dumfries YMCA – kick-off 7.30pm

As the season moves into the final six weeks or so, there are fixtures scheduled for both Saturday and midweek from now until the end of the season.

Title favourites Wigtown and Bladnoch have Upper Annandale as their visitors to Trammndford Park for a match that the home side will start as strong favourites to take the three points.

Newton Stewart travel to play Abbey Vale at New Abbey for a contest that is always a tough test. When these two sides meet there is never much between them and it is expected that this could again be the case this time around. Fleet Star play hosts to neighbours St Cuthbert Wanderers for a match that could go either way with Star a much improved side this season and more than capable of testing most of the other teams particularly on their home soil.

Dumfries YMCA have a derby match against Crichton for a contest the visitors are expected to win but with the home side showing improvement they could upset they could upset the odds in this one to take something from it.

Lochar Thistle have Edusport Academy as their visitors to Maxwelltown High School and will have to be at their very best if they hope to stop the Edu scoring machine.

Mid-Annandale and Heston Rovers lock horns at Lockerbie for what looks like a very even contest where a share of the points is a distinct possibility.

Creetown travel to Sanquhar to play Nithsdale Wanderers and will be looking to take the three points from this encounter against a home side who are showing some inconsistency compared with past seasons.

There are three league matches due to be played on Tuesday evening with Fleet Star visiting Blairmount to play Newton Stewart and Wigtown and Bladnoch travelling the short distance to play Creetown. The other match is at Moffat where Upper Annandale play hosts to Lochar Thistle. On the same evening Abbey Vale play Heston Rovers in the first round of the Tweedie Cup and the following evening Dumfries YMCA travel to Hamilton to play Edusport Academy in a league match.