Seven match line-up for South league sides

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SOUTH SCENE

There are seven South of Scot­land League matches to be played on Saturday.

Stran­raer, who top the ta­ble and are still un­beaten so far this sea­son, en­ter­tain St Cuth­bertWan­der­ers.

The home side are ex­pected to main­tain their present form against a Saints side who have been rather in­con­sis­tent so far this sea­son.

Sec­ond placed Bon­ny­ton This­tle play hosts to Cree­town who come into this match on the back of a very good vic­tory over Th­reave Rovers at Cas­tle Cary Park last time out and are ex­pected to run the home side close if they can re­peat the form of their last match.

The Kil­marnock side, how­ever, are a tough nut to crack and play some very good foot­ball and they will start as favourites to take the three points to add to their al­ready im­pres­sive tally to main­tain their chal­lenge at the top of the ta­ble.

Lochar This­tle and Up­per An­nan­dale presently hold down joint third place in the ta­ble with the Dum­fries side ahead on goal dif­fer­ence and with Lochar hav­ing a free week­end this will give the Mof­fat side the op­por­tu­nity to take a closer or­der among the chal­lengers should they beat New­ton Ste­wart.

The Creesiders held their own last time out in a home match against Mid An­nan­dale by record­ing a one-all draw but they may find tak­ing a re­sult from Up­pers a much tougher propo­si­tion.

This con­test could well go close but the home side will start as slight favourites to take the points from this match to jump ahead of Lochar in the ta­ble.

In fact if Cree­town take any­thing from their match against Bon­ny­ton, a vic­tory for Up­pers against New­ton Ste­wart would see them move into sec­ond place be­hind Stran­raer, so the Mof­fat side have it all to play for and are ex­pected to take the three points.

Th­reave Rovers will be keen to make amends for last Saturday’s re­ver­sal against Cree­town when they went down by three goals to nil when they en­ter­tain Lochmaben at Meadow Park.

This is a match that present form would sug­gest could go ei­ther way al­though with home ad­van­tage the Cas­tle Dou­glas side will go into this con­test as slight favourites to take the three points in what could be and fairly even match.

Wig­town and Blad­noch travel to play Abbey Vale and will have to be at their best to take any­thing from this en­counter and al­though the home side is show­ing a bit of in­con­sis­tency they have ac­cu­mu­lated 28 points to Wig­town’s 16 and have played one game less than their hosts.

The match at Locker­bie be­tween Mid An­nan­dale and He­ston Rovers looks like it could go close with home ad­van­tage pos­si­bly be­ing style de­cid­ing fac­tor.

The two bot­tom placed sides in the ta­ble lock horns with Dum­fries YMCA play­ing hosts to An­nan Ath­letic and with the home side re­cently knock­ing on the door of some bet­ter re­sults they look the more like­lier of the two to record a vic­tory.

Fri­day evening sees two sec­ond round ties in the South Chal­lenge Cup tak­ing place with An­nan Ath­letic tak­ing on Lochar This­tle at Gal­a­bank and Queen of the South play­ing Th­reave Rovers at Palmer­ston Park.

Fix­tures

Saturday, Jan­uary 12: South of Scot­land League (all kick-offs 3pm un­less oth­er­wise stated): Abbey Vale v Wig­town and Blad­noch (kick off 2pm); Bon­ny­ton This­tle v Cree­town; Dum­fries YMCA v An­nan Ath­letic; Mid An­nan­dale v He­ston Rovers; Stran­raer v St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers (kick-off 2pm); Th­reave Rovers v Lochmaben; Up­per An­nan­dale v New­ton Ste­wart (kick-off 2pm).

Fri­day, Jan­uary 18: South Chal­lenge Cup round 2 (kick-offs 7.30pm): An­nan Ath­letic v Lochar This­tle; Queen of the South v Th­reave Rovers.

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