Star aim to keep shining

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There are five South of Scotland League matches scheduled for this Saturday.

Leaders – and still unbeaten – Dalbeattie Star visit Blairmount Park to play Newton Stewart.

Star will start this contest as strong favourites to keep their unbeaten run going but the home side seem to play better against stiff opposition and this match could well be close.

Challengers Threave Rovers travel to Annan to play Mid-Annandale on the G3 pitch and, although Mids are becoming accustomed to playing on the new surface, the Castle Douglas side are expected to take the points from this encounter, which kicks off at 3pm.

High-flying Wigtown and Bladnoch will be hoping for some slip-ups at the top as they travel to Gatehouse to play bottom-placed Fleet Star in a game that they should win by some distance.

Star are leaking goals this season, whereas the visitors are having their best season for some time and are strong favourites to take the points and add to their goals tally to keep up their challenge at the top.

Heston Rovers play hosts to Nithsdale Wanderers at Maryfield in a match that looks like it could go either way. Although the home side are more than capable of seeing of the challenge of the Sanquhar side, a share of the points is a distinct possibility.

St Cuthbert Wanderers are another team who will be trying to keep up a challenge at the top of the league table, and travel to Hospital Park to play Crichton.

Saints have a few games in hand over others around them and will be looking to pick up the points to bring them closer to the top-placed sides.

Crichton, though, did well last Saturday to hold Threave Rovers at Meadow Park for much of the game before losing out by a late odd goal in seven.

A consistent Hospital Park side can be a match for most teams but unfortunately incon­sistency has seen them struggle since the start of the season but if they strike form in this match Saints may find it tough to take the three points.