Seven match line-up for South league sides
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.
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.