This Saturday the first round of the Haig Gordon cup dominates South of Scotland football with some very interesting ties in prospect.
Wigtown and Bladnoch visit New Abbey to play Abbey Vale for a contest until the home sides last weeks Regional Cup victory over Lowland League side BSC Glasgow would have looked a tie that the visitors could progress from quite comfortably.
Although Wigtown themselves brought down a Lowland team in the form of Dalbeattie Star they may well have to be at their best to see off the challenge of Vale in what could be a very close and entertaining match. Creetown entertain Upper Annandale at Castle Cary Park for a match that could go close with either side capable of disposing of their opponents though with home advantage Creetown look the more likelier of progressing to round two.
St Cuthbert Wanderers travel to Dumfries to play YMCA for a match that the Kirkcudbright side will start as strong favourites to progress from while while the contest at Galabank where Edusport Academy play hosts to an ever improving Threave Rovers has the makings of a match that could into extra time or even further to find a winner.
The match at Lockerbie where Mid-Annandale entertain Lochar Thistle is another tie that looks fairly even but once again home advantage may just decide the team that records a victory in this contest. Heston Rovers travel to Sanquhar to play Nithsdale Wanderers and will be slight favourites to come away with a victory although Nithsdale are a formidable team on their own ground and this is another tie that could take more than the regulation ninety minutes to find a winner.
There is one South of Scotland League match scheduled for Saturday and that is at Blairmount Park where Newton Stewart entertain Lochmaben in a contest that the home side will be keen to take the three points from to help improve their league position with those above them playing cup football.
However the Burgh team are holding their own in South football and carry a threat in every match they play and the Creesiders could well find the newcomers a hard nut to crack.
There are three League matches being played on Wednesday evening all with 7.30pm kick-offs. Dumfries YMCA and Lochar Thistle lock horns in a local derby with Lochar favourites to take the three points while the other two matches look fairly evenly matched. However home advantage should see Edusport Academy take the three points from their match against Abbey Vale but it would be no surprise if the match at Palmerston Park ended all square when Heston Rovers entertain St Cuthbert Wanderers.
Fixtures for Saturday 22nd October, 2016
All kick-offs at 3pm unless otherwise stated
South of Scotland League
Newton Stewart v Lochmaben
Haig Gordon Cup Round One
Abbey Vale v Wigtown and Bladnoch
Creetown v Upper Annandale
Dumfries YMCA v St Cuthbert Wanderers
Edusport Academy v Threave Rovers – kick-off 2pm
Mid-Annandale v Lochar Thistle
Nithsdale Wanderers v Heston Rovers
Fixtures for Wednesday 26th October, 2016
South of Scotland League
All kick-offs at 7.30pm
Dumfries YMCA v Lochar Thistle
Edusport Academy v Abbey Vale
Heston Rovers v St Cuthbert Wanderers