HESTON Rovers and Threave Rovers will hope that the weather allows their postponed Potts Cup first round tie at Maryfield to go ahead on Saturday, having had to change last week’s match to a league game which was played at Meadow Park last weekend.
Fixtures for Saturday, 12th November, 2011
All kick-offs at 2pm
Potts Cup - Round One
Heston Rovers v Threave Rovers
South of Scotland League
Crichton v Abbey Vale
Dalbeattie Star v Creetown
Fleet Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers
Nithsdale Wanderers v Newton Stewart
Wigtown and Bladnoch v Mid-Annandale
The Castle Douglas side came out on top in that one winning by five goals to two and there is nothing to suggest that they cannot overcome the Maryfield side once again even allowing for home advantage being against them.
The scoreline however may well be closer this time around as Heston are a tough nut to crack on their home ground but Threave look to have the firepower and defensive set up to overcome the Dumfries side and will start as favourites to progress in this particular competition.
The other scheduled matches are in the South of Scotland League with second placed Dalbeattie Star having the opportunity to reduce Threaves five point lead in the table although Star do have two games in hand. The Islecroft side are at home to bottom placed Creetown who have still to record a league victory so far this season although they have come close in some of their games and it may well just be a matter of time before someone suffers a defeat. It is a huge ask though for any team to go to Iselcroft and take points and Creetown could well have to wait until another day to add to their points tally. Star should take the three points to take a closer order at the top of the league table. Third placed St Cuthbert Wanderers visit Gatehouse to play near neighbours Fleet Star for a match that they will be expected to win. Star will compete throughout the ninety minutes but Saints are another side who have proven goal scorers within their ranks and should add another three points to their tally to keep up their challenge at the top.
The other three matches look very evenly matched with a local derby at Hospital Park where Crichton entertain Abbey Vale for a match that could go either way. The New Abbey side though are enjoying a very good start to the season particularly in the league whereas Crichton are struggling a bit to find form. However either of these teams are more than capable of taking the three points on the day but the contest could well end up stalemate with a score draw a distinct possibility. The same can be said about Newton Stewart’s journey to Sanquhar to play Nithsdale Wanderers and with the home side climbing up the table into fourth place - two above the visitors - then this is a game that Newton Stewart will want to win to maintain their top half place. Nithsdale though will have their own ambitions and again a share of the points could well be the outcome in this contest.
Wigtown and Bladnoch play Mid-Annandale at Trammondford Park and this is another match that looks like it could go either way. However the visitors have had the better start to the season of the two teams having recorded four victories whereas Wigtown have only managed to win once in the league. Home advantage though should give Wigtown the edge and the favourites to take the three points although this match is another which could well see the points being shared.