Potts of action in cup

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All matches this Saturday are in the Potts Cup competition with four first- and two second-round ties scheduled to take place – weather permitting.

Nithsdale Wanderers play Dalbeattie Star again but this time at Sanquhar and, with last week’s league match finishing in a 3-1 victory for Star at Islecroft, this match could go very much closer.

Nithsdale are a very strong and experienced team who have a formidable reputation on their own park and this contest could well take more than the regulation 90 minutes to find a winner. The Dalbeattie side, though, will have different ideas and if they find their league form, which has seen them go 11 matches unbeaten so far this season, then they could well be the side that progresses to the second round.

An inconsistent Newton Stewart have Mid-Annandale as their visitors at Blairmount Park for a game that the home side will start as favourites to progress from.

However, the Creesiders will have to produce the good form that they are capable of to see off the challenge of the Lockerbie side, who themselves are also having an inconsistent season but could produce a victory should Newton fail to rise to the occasion.

Heston Rovers should overcome Creetown, although the Ferrytoon side have home advantage but the home side showed last time out against Saints by leading at the halfway mark that they are no pushovers and this could turn out to be a close contest.

St Cuthbert Wanderers travel to Dumfries to play Crichton at Hospital Park for a contest they should win but, again, only if they hit top form. The Kirkcudbright side look as though they are a team that could do well in the cup competitions this season but the Hospital Park side will be keen to do likewise and this is a contest that could go close.

There are two second-round ties being played where Fleet Star lock horns with Threave Rovers at Garries Park and Abbey Vale play hosts to the high flying Wigtown and Bladnoch at New Abbey.

Both away teams will start their respective matches as favourites and Fleet Star, without a victory under their belt so far this season, will again have their work cut out to stop the Threave big-hitters from recording what could be a considerable scoreline. The Gatehouse side, though, have to be commended for persisting with their youth policy and with time and experience the players will eventually condition themselves to South football.

The game at New Abbey could be a bit closer although Vale will do well to hold their more experienced opponents although they are, as usual, expected to give a good account of themselves but it is hard to see anything other than a Wigtown victory.

Fixtures for Saturday, December 1

All kick-offs at 2pm

Potts Cup – Round 2

Abbey Vale v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Fleet Star v Threave Rovers

Potts Cup – Round 1

Creetown v Heston Rovers

Crichton v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Newton Stewart v Mid-Annandale

Nithsdale Wanderers v Dalbeattie Star