Galloway Gazette football correspondent John McNaught looks forward to the first games of 2015 in the Potts Cup.
Fixtures for Saturday 3rd January, 2015.
All kick-offs at 2pm unless otherwise stated
Potts Cups – Round One
Abbey Vale v Mid-Annandale
Creetown v Dumfries YMCA
Fleet Star v Newton Stewart
Nithsdale Wanderers v Edusport Academy
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Lochar Thistle – Kick-off 3pm
Upper Annandale v Wigtown and Bladnoch
As football in the South of Scotland resumes this Saturday after the festive break all the scheduled matches are in the first round of the Potts Cup.
There are some interesting contests due to be played with the match at Gatehouse looking particularly motuh watering where the much improved Fleet Star play hosts to league leaders Newton Stewart. The visitors are still without a new manager following the departure of George Grierson and although there has been a good bit of interest in the post there has been no appointment to date with senior players taking over the role until someone comes in. Star are showing some good form this season and this should be a good match especially with the Creesiders losing top goal-scorer Robert Middleton to Dalbeattie Star and captain and defender Micky Wilson being suspended along with mid-fielder Graeme Blain. This match could well take more than the regulation ninety minutes play to find who progresses to the next round of this particular competition.
Abbey Vale and Mid-Annandale lock horns at New Abbey for another match that could go close with both teams capable of making it through to round two although home advantage could well prove to be the deciding factor.
Creetown play hosts to Dumfries YMCA for a match that the home side should win comfortably while St Cuthbert Wanderers should hold the upper hand in their match against Lochar Thistle at St Mary’s Park.
Nithsdale Wanderers will have their work cut out to contain the high flying Edusport Academy who were the recent winners of the South League Cup in their first season in South football.
The final match is at Moffat where Wigtown and Bladnoch will start as favourites to progress from their contest against Upper Annandale although the final scoreline could well be close.