A LOOK ahead at the weekend’s football, including current fixtures, with John McNaught.
Fixtures for Saturday, 19th March, 2011.
All kick-offs at 3pm
SFA Regional Challenge Cup(South) - Semi Final
Threave Rovers v Edinburgh City
Tweedie Cup - Round Two
Heston Rovers v Newton Stewart
Tweedie Cup - Round One
Crichton v St Cuthbert Wanderers
Mid-Annandale v Dalbeattie Star
Nithsdale Wanderers v Fleet Star
South of Scotland League
Creetown v Stranraer
Wigtown and Bladnoch v Threave Rovers - Match postponed
Fixture for Wednesday, 23rd March, 2011.
Kick-off at 7.30pm
South Challenge Cup Round One
Threave Rovers v Nithsdale Wanderers
Once again there is a mixture of Cup and South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played this weekend and on Wednesday evening.
Threave Rovers continue to fly the flag for south Football when they entertain east of Scotland Premier League side Edinburgh City at Meadow Park. The Castle Douglas side will be keen to make the final of this prestigious competition and are more than capable of seeing of Citys challenge to do so.
The Potts Cup round two match at Maryfield Park, where Heston Rovers play hosts to Newton Stewart, looks like a contest that could go close. Encounters between these two teams are usually fairly even and there is nothing to suggest that this one will be any different. Heston’s last outing saw them take Stranraer to extra time in a Potts cup tie before being defeated by the odd goal in five while Newton played very well to hold Dalbeattie Star to a three all draw in the league. The reward for the winners will be a place in this seasons semi final of this particular competition and this match could well take more than the regulation 90 minutes to find out which team progresses.
There are three round one matches in the same competition with all ties looking like they could go close. However, Dalbeattie Star will start as favourites to go through from their match against Mid-Annandale at Lockerbie - although Star’s main emphasis this season appears to be on winning the league. Mids, though, are a stuffy outfit - particularly on their own pitch and are more than capable of pulling off a positive result considering that Newton Stewart managed to find the net three times against Star last weekend which showed up a defensive vulnerability which had not been seen previously.
The other two ties look very even with Crichton playing hosts to St Cuthbert Wanderers and Nithsdale Wanderers entertaining Fleet Star. It would be a surprise if many goals separate these teams in their respective matches but home advantage in both may well be the telling factor.
There were two South of Scotland League matches due to be played with Creetown hosting Stranraer at Castle Cary Park and Wigtown and Bladnoch meeting Threave Rovers at Trammondford Park but due to Threave’s involvement in the SFA Regional Cup that match has had to be cancelled.
Stranraer will start as favourites in their contest but Creetown have the players within their ranks who know the way to goal and could well spring a surprise result.
There is one match scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, 23rd March when Threave Rovers play hosts to Nithsdale Wanderers in the first round of the South Challenge Cup. Threave should progress to round two as Nithsdale are another side who suffer from inconsistency but if they produce the form they are capable of then this result could be close.