Cup clash should be a cracker

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As the football season begins to draw to an end there are only two South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played this Saturday – with very little at stake except the prestige of earning three points.

Fleet Star entertain Crichton at Garries Park for a match that could well go close. These teams look evenly matched and a share of the points is a distinct possibility.

Lochar Thistle play hosts to bottom-placed Creetown at Maxwelltown High School, with the home team strong favourites to take the three points from this contest although the visitors have strengthened their squad recently and are more than capable of pulling off a shock result.

Abbey Vale have Nithsdale Wanderers as their visitors to New Abbey for a Challenge Cup first round tie with the Sanqhuar club favourites to progress. The Vale players, though, will be out to impress new managers Fraser Brolls and Allan Clark so this match could well go close. However, it would be a surprise if the experience within the ranks of Nithsdale was not enough to see them go through to the second round of this competition.

The match of the day, though, will be at Blairmount Park where Wigtownshire rivals Newton Stewart and Wigtown and Bladnoch lock horns in the semi-final of the Potts Cup with either side more than capable of making it through to this season’s final.

On the evening of Wednesday, April 2, the semi-final of the Cree Lodge Cup takes place at Meadow Park between Scottish Lowland side Threave Rovers and Abbey Vale with a 7.30pm kick-off. Vale will do well to run the Castle Douglas close but Threave are excepted to make it through to the final.

Fixtures for Saturday, March 29

All kick-offs at 3pm unless otherwise stated

South of Scotland League

Fleet Star v Crichton

Lochar Thistle v Creetown

Challenge Cup first round

Abbey Vale v Nithsdale Wanderers (kick-off 2pm)

Potts Cup semi-final

Newton Stewart v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Fixture for Wednesday, April 2

Cree Lodge Cup semi-final

Threave Rovers v Abbey Vale (kick-off 7.30pm)