Top sides clash in league

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There is a full programme of South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played this Saturday, with two of the matches involving four of the top five teams in the league table.

Leaders Dalbeattie Star have Stewartry neighbours and fifth-placed St Cuthbert Wanderers as their visitors to Islecroft stadium for a match that could go either way.

Star are still unbeaten in the league so far this season and Saints have only lost one match, so a share of the points in this contest could well be a possibility, although with home advantage Star will start the match as slight favourites to record what could well be a narrow victory.

At Trammondford Park, third placed Wigtown and Bladnoch, who have also only been beaten once in this season’s league competition, will entertain second placed Threave Rovers in another match that could go either way.

A victory for the home side would see them leapfrog the Castle Douglas side back up into second place, while a win for Threave would see them keep up their challenge on the league leaders. This encounter is another that looks like it could go close and, with home advantage, Wigtown may just have it within themselves to see off Threave this time around although a share of the points could well be the outcome.

Fourth placed Newton Stewart travel to Sanquhar for the second Saturday in succession to play Nithsdale Wanderers at Lorimer Park in another match that could well go close. Last Saturday’s Haig Gordon Cup tie saw the visitors recording a slender 1-0 victory over a very capable and experienced home side who will be going all out to avenge that defeat.

This will be the 12th league match of the season for both teams and, while Nithsdale sit on the 16-point mark, Newton Stewart’s present tally is 18 so a victory for the home side would see them overtake their visitors.

Bottom placed and pointless Fleet Star entertain Mid-Annandale at Garries Park and will be hoping that it is lucky 13 for them. Star will be keen to see improvement on their 12 previous league matches, which have seen the Gatehouse side score only five goals while losing 89 in the process.

Having won their last two matches and moved up the table into seventh position, Crichton have Heston Rovers as their visitors to Hospital Park, Dumfries. Heston have only played seven matches to date in the league competition and have accumulated 12 points from four victories, while Crichton have played 11 games, winning five of them and drawing another.

These two sides usually produce a fairly even match and there is nothing to suggest that this will not be the case once again.

Second bottom Creetown travel to New Abbey to play Abbey Vale in a contest that the home side will start as slight favourites to take the three points from, although once again there could well be very little in it come the end of this contest.

Fixtures for Saturday, November 10

South of Scotland League

All kick-offs at 2pm

Abbey Vale v Creetown

Crichton v Heston Rovers

Dalbeattie Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Fleet Star v Mid-Annandale

Nithsdale Wanderers v Newton Stewart

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Threave Rovers