Close contests in prospect

Two South of Scotland clubs play in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Dalbeattie Star entertain Stirling Albion at Islecroft and St Cuthbert Wanderers travel north to play Elgin City and the good wishes of all connected with South football will be with the teams as they attempt to progress.

In domestic football, there is one Haig Gordon Cup first round tie being played at Trammondford Park where Wigtown and Bladnoch entertain Mid-Annandale. This cup tie looks very evenly matched with home advantage probably being the key to the outcome.

There are also four South of Scotland matches scheduled to be played, some of which look very even and exciting contests.

Threave Rovers though will start as favourites to take another three points from their match at Meadow Park against Crichton with the Hospital Park side failing to show their good form of previous seasons. Crichton, though, could still come good and a good result at this venue could be where they turn the corner but it will be difficult to match an improving Threave side who look as though they will be once again up challenging for this season’s honours.

Heston Rovers have the opportunity to avenge their recent defeat by Newton Stewart at Blairmount when they have the Creesiders as their visitors to Maryfield. This match could go either way but with home advantage this time around Heston will start as slight favourites, though a share of the points is a distinct possibility.

Abbey Vale will have their work cut out to take the three points from their match at New Abbey against Nithsdale Wanderers for another match that could go either way and one that could also end up in a draw.

Bottom-placed Fleet Star entertain neighbours Creetown at Garries Park in a match that the visitors are expected to take the full points from, with Star already suffering from some very heavy defeats this season. However, Star are giving youth a chance and as they become more experienced in South football they will continue to improve their skills and results will also get better.

Fixtures for Saturday, September 29

All kick-offs at 3pm

William Hill Scottish Cup, round two

Dalbeattie Star v Stirling Albion

Elgin v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Haig Gordon Cup, round one

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Mid-Annandale

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Nithsdale Wanderers

Fleet Star v Creetown

Heston Rovers v Newton Stewart

Threave Rovers v Crichton