As the race for this season’s league title heats up there are some very important fixtures in the incoming week involving the two main title challengers, Wigtown and Bladnoch and Newton Stewart.
On Saturday league leaders Wigtown travel to Hamilton to play Edusport Academy for what could be a real test for the Trammondford Park side. Much depends on the team that Edu put out as they have around fifty players at their disposal.
Wigtown though have a strong experienced team and will be looking to come through this fixture unscathed and still leading the title race. Second placed Newton Stewart are away to Upper Annandale at Moffat and they too will be looking for a victory to keep the pressure on Wigtown but to do so they may have to re-produce the form they displayed last time out against Fleet Star when they won in a four goal to nil contest. Uppers have been a bit unpredictable but are a threat to most South teams on their home ground and this could well be a close run match and a real test for the Creesiders.
St Cuthbert Wanderers entertain Mid-Annandale at Kirkcudbright for another match that could go close but home advantage could well see Saints adding another three points to their already impressive points tally and leave them ready for any slip ups from the leading two teams. Creetown and Dumfries YMCA lock horns for the second Saturday in succession following the home sides 5-2 victory last time out and will start as strong favourites to improve on that result this time around at Castle Cary Park.
Heston Rovers travel the short distance down to New Abbey for their encounter against Abbey Vale and present form would suggest that they will return with the three points. However Vale, albeit having been decisively beaten by League leaders Wigtown last Saturday, are a much improved side this season and they are not an easy nut to crack particularly at home and another close contest is expected. The final match is a local derby at Maxwelltown High School where Lochar Thistle play hosts to Crichton for another match that could go close with a score draw a distinct possibility.
There are two South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played on the evening of Tuesday 17th March, both with 7.30pm kick-offs. Wigtown and Newton Stewart are in action for two matches that could well be important to the destination of this seasons league title with Wigtown travelling to Lockerbie to play Mid-Annandale and the Creesiders at home to Edusport Academy.
Fixtures for Saturday 14th March, 2015.
All kick-offs at 3pm
South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale v Heston Rovers
Creetown v Dumfries YMCA
Edusport Academy v Wigtown and Bladnoch
Lochar Thistle v Crichton
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Mid-Annandale
Upper Annandale v Newton Stewart
Tweedie Cup Round 1
Nithsdale Wanderers v Fleet Star
Fixtures for Tuesday 17th March, 2015
All kick-offs at 7.30pm
South of Scotland League
Mid-Annandale v Wigtown and Bladnoch
Newton Stewart v Edusport Academy