Rivals bid for place in final

As the season moves unto its final weeks, the matches are coming thick and fast with the last of the South of Scotland League contests taking place along with many re-arranged cup ties.

Heston Rovers play Threave Rovers at Maryfield in the semi-final of the South of Scotland League Cup, with Dalbeattie Star awaiting the winners in the final at Palmerston Park on Friday, May 3.

Form suggests the Castle Douglas side have the advantage but Heston are formidable opponents on their own ground and this tie could go all the way.

The other Saturday games are in the league, with match of the day being at Kirkcudbright where St Cuthbert Wanderers play hosts to league leaders and Stewartry rivals Dalbeattie Star. Star are unbeaten in the league and it will take a big performance from Saints if they are to end this sequence. Matches between these two are generally close and there is nothing to suggest this will be different. The visitors start as favourites to move closer to retaining the South championship.

Bottom-placed Fleet Star have Abbey Vale as their visitors to Garries Park when they hope to take something from the game as they move into their final five league matches. Vale have shown a bit of inconsistency and if they dont’ perform well the home side could produce a result.

Crichton and Mid-Annandale lock horns at Hospital Park in a match that could go either way.

Fourth plays fifth when Wigtown and Bladnoch host Nithsdale Wanderers at Trammondford Park. Wigtown are enjoying a fine season and look as though they could finish the league in at least third place although the Sanquhar side are capable of matching the home team.

There is one match on Monday, when Heston Rovers entertain Dalbeattie Star in round two of the Potts Cup. The visitors will start as strong favourites but this encounter may well be much closer.

There are also three cup ties due to be played on Wednesday next week, with Threave Rovers playing Wigtown and Bladnoch in the Potts Cup semi-final at Meadow Park at 7.30pm in a contest that is another one that looks like it could go close.

There are also two Cree Lodge Cup second round ties with 6.30pm kick-offs. Newton Stewart will start as strong favourites to progress at the expense of Fleet Star at Blairmount Park, while St Cuthbert Wanderers should be too strong for Crichton in their match at St Mary’s Park.

Fixtures for Saturday, April 13

All kick-offs at 3pm

South of Scotland League

Crichton v Mid-Annandale

Fleet Star v Abbey Vale

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Dalbeattie Star

Wigtown and Bladoch v Nithsdale Wanderers

South of Scotland League Cup semi-final

Heston Rovers v Threave R

Fixture for Monday, April 15

Kick-off 6.30pm

Potts Cup , second round

Heston Rovers v Dalbeattie Star

Fixtures for Weds, April 17

Kick-offs 6.30 unless stated

Potts Cup semi-final

Threave Rovers v Wigtown and Bladnoch – 7.30pm

Cree Lodge Cup, second round

Newton Stewart v Fleet Star

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Crichton