Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - HARDROCK CHALLENGE -

The sec­ond round of the Haig Gor­don Cup takes place in South foot­ball this week­end with some ex­cit­ing ties in prospect.

High-fly­ing Abbey Vale take on the young­sters from Queen of the South for a match that is likely to be close but where home ad­van­tage could be the de­cid­ing fac­tor.

Up­per An­nan­dale visit Gal­a­bank to play An­nan Ath­letic with the Mof­fat side ex­pected to progress, while joint league lead­ers Bon­ny­ton will start as favourites to go through at the ex­pense of Lochmaben.

Cree­town will have their work cut out when they host He­ston Rovers at Cas­tle Cary Park and it may take ex­tra-time to find a win­ner.

The match at San­quhar, where Niths­dale Wan­der­ers wel­come Lochar This­tle, is an­other that could be fairly even. Al­though the Dum­fries side are en­joy­ing good league form, the home side are more than ca­pa­ble of pro­gress­ing from this tie.

St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers and New­ton Stewart meet for the sec­ond week in suc­ces­sion at St Mary’s Park and, fol­low­ing last week’s seven goals to one rout, the home side will go into this tie with con­fi­dence.

The match at Stair Park, where Stran­raer host Mid An­nan­dale, is an­other match that could go close but cur­rent form would sug­gest a win for the home side.

There is a full pro­gramme of SFA Re­gional Chal­lenge Cup sec­ond ties due to be played with Th­reave Rovers the only club left fly­ing the flag for the South.

They are away to Low­land League side BSC Glas­gow with the home side more likely to progress.

The fi­nal Haig Gor­don round two match takes place on Wed­nes­day evening when Th­reave Rovers take on Low­land League side Edus­port Acad­emy for a match the se­nior side are ex­pected to win, al­though not be­fore over­com­ing a strong chal­lenge from the Cas­tle Dou­glas side.

On Fri­day evening An­nan play Lochar This­tle at Gal­a­bank in a league match with a 7.30 pm kick-off. Fix­tures, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13:

Haig Gor­don Cup round two (all kick-offs 3pm): Abbey Vale v Queen of the South; An­nan Ath­letic v Up­per An­nan­dale;Bon­ny­ton This­tle v Lochmaben; Cree­town v He­ston Rovers; Niths­dale Wan­der­ers v Lochar This­tle; St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers v New­ton Stewart; Stran­raer v Mid An­nan­dale.

SFA Chal­lenge Cup South round two: BSC Glas­gow v Th­reave Rovers. Fix­ture, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17 (7.30pm):

Haig Gor­don Cup round two: Edus­port Acad­emy v Th­reave Rovers. Fix­ture, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19:

South of Scot­land League (7.30pm): An­nan Ath­letic v Lochar This­tle.

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