Rugby hopes to beat the freeze

Rugby fans will be hoping their teams are back in action soon after their enforced postponements last week as a result of the severe weather.

Newton Stewart are scheduled to travel to Allan Glen’s in Glasgow on Saturday (March 30) for a West Division One match that they must win if they are to climb off the bottom of the table as the season draws near its climax.

When they last played, at Bladnoch Park in the opening league fixture of this season, the Reds were convincing winners, beating their visitors 42-7.

Since then, however, Newton have slipped steadily down the division despite some creditable performances. And beating the drop will not be easy, as their two remaining games are both at home to the first and second placed clubs, Marr and GHK.

In West Division Two, both local sides have another week off.

But high-flying Stewartry will hope to keep their promotion ambitions alive when they finally resume hostilities with a derby encounter away to Annan next Saturday (April 6).

The Blacks then travel to Strathaven the following week, April 13, and conclude their league programme at home to Annan on a date yet to be confirmed, though some time in May looks most likely.

The doublheader with Annan could prove to be crackers as the local rivals are currently first and second, though Stewartry will hope to go top if they can beat their south-west counterparts.

Wigtownshire have just one match outstanding, the postponed encounter from last Saturday away to Clydebank. No date has been confirmed for this clash but it is likely to be either April 20 or May 4 or 11.