Capital date for Star

High-flying Dalbeattie Star travel to Edinburgh this weekend to play East of Scotland Premier League side Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

This is a match the South of Scotland side have a really good chance of winning.

The capital team beat St Cuthbert Wanderers 3-1 in the quarter-final tie but, by all accounts, were not too impressive in that particular outing. They were beaten 6-1 by Vale of Leithen last time out in a league match and have only won four of their 11 league fixtures so far this season, losing 22 goals which would suggest that they could be vulnerable in defence.

Star, on the other hand, have scored 64 league goals to the loss of only seven and look likely to take the South league title crown again this season.

This should be a good contest with the Stewartry side looking like having a great chance of making this season’s Regional Cup Final.

Spartans and Whitehill Welfare compete for the other final place with both coming off the back of victories last weekend and, with home advantage favouring Spartans, they could well be the other team that reaches this season’s cup final.

There are two Potts Cup second round matches being played this weekend.

Abbey Vale play hosts to Wigtown and Bladnoch at New Abbey. Vale go into the match on the back of a superb 3-1 victory last Saturday against Heston Rovers, while Wigtown will be keen to make amends for last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of Nithsdale Wanderers at Trammondford Park.

The Wigtownshire team will start this contest as favourites but Vale are a tough nut to crack on their own pitch and this match could go all the way before a winner is found.

Newton Stewart travel to Dumfries to play Crichton at Hospital Park in another match that looks like it could be a close encounter. The home side have been a bit inconsistent this season but are more than capable of upping their game for this meeting.

The Creesiders have also been a bit hot and cold this term but have scored seven goals in their previous two outings as well as keeping clean sheets on both occasions against Nithsdale Wanderers at Sanquhar and Mid-Annandale at Blairmount Park.

All in all, this match looks like it could also be an even affair with perhaps more than the regulation 90 minutes being required to see who makes it through to the Potts Cup semi-final.

There are also three South of Scotland League matches scheduled, with St Cuthbert Wanderers travelling to play Creetown at Castle Cary Park for the second week in succession, having won 4-0 last Saturday in a Challenge Cup first round tie.

The home side showed good resilience in that match to keep Saints at bay and going in at the break with the match goal-less and they will have to show the same attitude this time around if they are to take anything from this match.

Saints will, however, start as strong favourites to win the match but if the young Creetown side play as they can then the scoreline may well be close.

Bottom-placed Fleet Star travel to play Heston Rovers at Maryfield. Although the home side suffered defeat at the hands of Abbey Vale in their last outing, they are unlikely to suffer from the same fate in this contest.

The Gatehouse side have only taken three points this season, having lost 105 goals and scored only 10 in the process, while Heston are strong at home and should be too skilled and experienced for the young Star side on this occasion.

Nithsdale Wanderers play hosts to Mid-Annandale in the Lockerbie side’s third last league match of the season for a match that could either way although the Sanquhar team’s heads will be high following their 3-2 victory over Wigtown last Saturday.

Mid-Annandale, on the other hand, are a team capable of offering much more than they produced last Saturday against Newton Stewart and could well take a point from their journey to Sanquhar.

Fixtures for Saturday, March 9

All kick-offs at 2pm unless otherwise stated.

SFA Regional Cup (South) semi-finals

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v Dalbeattie Star (kick-off 2.30pm)

Spartans v Whitehill Welfare (2.30pm)

Potts Cup – second round

Abbey Vale v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Crichton v Newton Stewart

South of Scotland League

Creetown v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Heston Rovers v Fleet Star

Nithsdale Wanderers v Mid-Annandale