Mixed bag of fixtures

There is a real mixed bag of fixtures scheduled for this Saturday in South football.

There is one South of Scotland League match being played at New Abbey when Abbey Vale play hosts to Creetown. The home side will start this game as strong favourites to take the three points but the visitors will be looking to make amends for last Saturday’s defeat at the hands of bottom placed Fleet Star so a good contest is anticipated. However, present form would suggest a home victory although it could well be a closely-run match.

A Potts Cup second round tie takes place at Gatehouse where Fleet Star have neighbours Threave Rovers as their visitors to Garries Park. Although the home side will be on a high following their 2-0 victory over Creetown last time out, they will find it a bit tougher in this contest.

The Castle Douglas side are expected to go though to the semi-final stages comfortably with their free scoring forwards finding the net with some ease but Star as usual will do their utmost to hold their more experienced opponents. However, they have the odds stacked against them to take anything from the contest.

There are three first round ties in the same cup competition with Crichton playing hosts to St Cuthbert Wanderers at Hospital Park in a match the Kirkcudbright side will start as strong favourites to progress from. The home side are not experiencing the best of seasons while Saints have a highly experienced line-up and look like being too strong for Crichton in this tie.

Newton Stewart will be looking for revenge for last Saturday’s league defeat at the hands of Mid-Annandale at Galabank when the two again lock horns, this time at Blairmount. Home advantage paid off for Mids last time around so Newton will be hoping that this advantage favours them in this contest. If the Creesiders can turn the pressure that they enjoyed in the Galabank match into goals, then they have a good chance of turning the tables on the Lockerbie side. However, if keeper Ross Wilson produces the same form as he produced in the last match, the home side could struggle again.

Nithsdale Wanderers have Dalbeattie Star as their visitors to Lorimer Park, Sanquhar, and will be keen to show that they can be a match for most teams on their home pitch. Star will be favourites to go through to round two but Nithsdale are expected to make it tough for them to do so.

There is one Haig Gordon second round tie being played when Heston Rovers host Wigtown and Bladnoch in a rescheduled match with the winners being rewarded with a home tie against Newton Stewart. This contest could be close with both teams in good form and it could well take longer that the 90 minutes play to decide who progresses.

Fixtures for Saturday, January 12.

All kick-offs at 2pm

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Creetown

Potts Cup – Round 2

Fleet Star v Threave Rovers

Potts Cups – Round 1

Crichton v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Newton Stewart v Mid-Annandale

Nithsdale Wanderers v Dalbeattie Star

Haig Gordon Cup – Round 2

Heston Rovers v Wigtown and Bladnoch