Third time lucky for cup semi

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The South Regional Challenge Cup first round tie between Lochar Thistle and Wigtown and Bladnoch has had to be rescheduled for the second time after being called off again last Saturday.

This competition takes preference over South tournaments and has to be played the following Saturday if postponed for any reason which means that what was going to be a free Saturday for the Dumfries side will now see them playing South league leaders Wigtown and Bladnoch.

The Potts Cup semi-final between Newton Stewart and Wigtown and Bladnoch will now have to be rescheduled, which leaves the Blairmount Park side without a competitive match on Saturday.

The other semi-final tie does go ahead, though with Heston Rovers hosting neighbours Crichton at Palmerston Park on Friday night with a 7.30pm kick-off. Present form would suggest that the home side will progress to the final but in a cup tie form can go out of the window and there is the possibility that this contest may take more than the regulation 90 minutes to find a winner.

There are three South of Scotland league matches scheduled to be played on Saturday, with the game of the day taking place at St Mary’s Park where St Cuthbert Wanderers play hosts to Nithsdale Wanderers.

Saints are playing well at present and will have league title aspirations so this is a contest that the Kirkcudbright side are expected to win to add another three points to their tally.

The Sanquhar side, though, are more than capable of causing an upset if they hit the form that they can produce on occasions so the scoreline could possibly be tight with the home side slight favourites to take the plaudits and the points.

Abbey Vale take on bottom-placed Creetown at New Abbey and will start as favourites to take the points.

The new management team at Creetown are still settling into their task and once they make their impression on the players things should start looking up for the Ferrytoon side, but this match is possibly a bit early for them although they could well cause an upset and take at least a point.

An improving Mid-Annandale play Fleet Star at Galabank in another match that could well go close and is one that the home team will start as favourites to win. Star, however, are also improving this season and are expected to make it difficult for their hosts.

Fixture for Friday, November 8

Potts Cup semi-final

Heston Rovers v Crichton (kick-off 7.30pm)

Fixtures for Saturday, November 9

South Regional Challenge Cup first round

Lochar Thistle v Wigtown and Bladnoch

Potts Cup semi-final

Newton Stewart v Wigtown and Bladnoch (match to be rescheduled)

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Creetown (2pm)

Mid-Annandale v Fleet Star (3pm)

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Nithsdale Wanderers (3pm)