Saints seek revenge

St Cuthbert Wanderers and Dalbeattie Star lock horns again for the second weekend in succession after Star winning 3-0 at Islecroft last time around in a South of Scotland League match.

With home advantage favouring Saints for this semi final of the Haig Gordon Cup competition, this contest could well be a much closer-run affair, although by some accounts the scoreline last Saturday did not reflect how close that match was. This game at St Mary’s Park could go all the way with maybe more that the regulation 90 minutes being required to separate the Stewartry rivals.

The other five matches are all in the South of Scotland League, with the match of the day looking like being at Meadow Park where Heston Rovers play hosts to Threave Rovers. Originally scheduled for Maryfield, the venue has been switched.

Heston will see this contest as one from which they can find out how much progress they have made this season, and Threave will be keen to throw down the gauntlet to maintain their challenge at the top of the table.

The visitors will start as slight favourites to take the three points from this encounter but Heston are more than capable of taking a formidable scalp to show that they are also a team now who can challenge for honours so a share of the points could be a distinct possibility.

Wigtown and Bladnoch have managed a good start to their season and they also will be keen to improve their league position near the top when they travel to Blairmount to play an inconsistent Newton Stewart.

The Creesiders are blowing a bit hot and cold at present but on their day are more than a match for most South teams so will also be looking to improve their league table placing. This is another match that could well go close with a scoring draw possible.

Crichton, who are also a bit inconsistent this season so far, travel to Sanquhar to play Nithsdale Wanderers with the third place home side favourites to take the three points.

Nithsdale are a strong and experienced side who know their way to goal and look the likelier of the two sides to record a victory.

Mid-Annandale host Abbey Vale at Galabank in a contest that could also see a share of the points although the home side will be slight favourites to win.

The bottom two sides meet at Castle Cary Park, when second bottom Creetown entertain neighbours and pointless Fleet Star.

Star almost managed to win their first point of the season last weekend against Mid-Annandale only losing out by a late strike in 3-2 defeat and will be hoping to take something from this match to kick-start their season. However, Creetown look the more experienced of the two young sides and should win the three points in a close run contest.

Fixtures for Saturday, November 17

All kick-offs at 2pm unless otherwise stated

Haig Gordon Cup semi-final

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Dalbeattie Star

South of Scotland League

Creetown v Fleet Star

Heston Rovers v Threave Rovers (3pm)

Mid-Annandale v Abbey Vale (3pm)

Newton Stewart v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Nithsdale Wanderers v Crichton