Challenge Cup weekend
The South’s most prestigious cup competition, the Challenge Cup, enters the second round this weekend.
The first of the ties will be played on Friday evening when Newton Stewart play hosts to a young Queen of the South side.
This match could well be a very even affair that will undoubtably produce more than a few goals and should be a good match for the spectators.
There are a further five ties being played on Saturday with the pick of the bunch being in Dumfries where Lochar Thistle and St Cuthbert Wanderers lock horns for another match that looks very evenly balanced.
Saints’ recent form has been impressive while Lochar are enjoying a very good season and both are now serious challengers for this season’s league title. This tie could well go to extra time to find a winner.
Edusport Academy and Bonnyton Thistle meet at Galabank when the home side will start as favourites to progress while the same could be said for Mid Annandale who play hosts to Stranraer at Lockerbie.
Abbey Vale travel to Moffat to play Upper Annandale and on present form should make it through to round three but Uppers are more than a match for most teams on their own ground and are more than capable of producing some good form to overcome Vale’s challenge.
Wigtown and Bladnoch have formed a team to take part in this particular competition and will play Lochmaben at Blairmount Park, Newton Stewart with the Burgh boys favourites to progress at their expense although the home side will be an unknown quantity that could produce a surprise result.
There is only one South of Scotland match being played with the Nithsdale Wanderers versus Heston Rovers match being postponed and that is at Castle Cary Park where Creetown entertain Threave Rovers.
The Castle Douglas side can go back to the top of the table if they record a victory in this contest and although the home side are capable of holding their own against the title challengers, the visitors will go into this match as strong favourites to take the three points.
On Wednesday evening, Threave will have another opportunity to add three points to their tally when they play Heston Rovers at Meadow Park and although Heston are themselves enjoying a very good season, the home side are expected to use home advantage to record a victory.
Fixture, Friday, February 9 (kick-off 7.30pm):
South Challenge Cup second round: Newton Stewart v Queen of the South.
Saturday, February 10:
South Challenge Cup round two: Edusport Academy v Bonnyton Thistle (kick off 3pm); Lochar Thistle v St Cuthbert Wanderers (kick off 2pm); Mid Annandale v Stranraer (kick off 3pm); Upper Annandale v Abbey Vale (kick off 2pm); Wigtown and Bladnoch v Lochmaben (kick off 3pm).
South of Scotland League: Creetown v Threave Rovers (kick off 2pm); Nithsdale Wanderers v Heston Rovers match postponed.
Wednesday, February 14 (kick off 7.30pm):
South of Scotland League: Threave Rovers v Heston Rovers.