Saints and Star lock horns in cup

This Saturday sees three South of Scotland League matches being played, along with four South Challenge Cup second round ties.

The cup tie between the youngsters from Stranraer and Queen of the South should be a good contest which could go either way, with both clubs having some good players in their youth teams.

The tie at Kirkcudbright, where St Cuthbert Wanderers and Dalbeattie Star lock horns at St Mary’s Park, should be close, with possibly more than the regulation 90 minutes being required to separate the two teams.

Star are enjoying another successful season and will start as slight favourites to shade this contest but Saints on their day are a match for any South team and could possibly sneak a positive outcome if they cope with the free-scoring Dalbeattie forwards.

Heston Rovers will be favourites to progress at the expense of Crichton in the match at Maryfield, while Threave Rovers should make round three by toppling Nithsdale Wanderers at Sanquhar.

The pick of the South of Scotland League matches is at Castle Cary Park where Creetown play hosts to Mid-Annandale in a game that could well be close.

The home side will be keen to pick up some points before the season ends, while the Lockerbie side are just playing out the season having almost completed their matches.

Abbey Vale have Wigtown and Bladnoch as their opponents at New Abbey in a match that the visitors will be expected to win.

The Trammondford Park side are another club who are enjoying a very good season and are flying high in the league table but Vale are tough opponents on their own pitch and could spring a surprise result if Wigtown fail to play to recent form.

Bottom-placed Club Fleet Star play hosts to Newton Stewart at Garries Park in a contest from which, again, the visitors are expected to take the three points. However, the young Gatehouse side are finding their feet and with the return of Davy McKie are beginning to put together some better results and showing promise for the future.

Newton Stewart, on the other hand, are on a good run at present and it would be a shock result if this game produced anything other than a victory for the Blairmount Park side.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that the SFA Regional Cup Final (South) between Dalbeattie Star and Whitehill Welfare will be held at Galabank, Annan, on Sunday, April 21, with a 3pm kick-off.

Fixtures for Saturday, March 23.

All kick-offs at 3pm

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Creetown v Mid-Annandale

Fleet Star v Newton Stewart

Challenge Cup – second round

Heston Rovers v Crichton

Nithsdale Wanderers v Threave Rovers

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Dalbeattie Star

Stranraer v Queen of the South