Home run for Star
Dalbeattie Star begin a run of four successive home games this weekend.
And the next month is likely to go a long way to deciding whether or not they’ll cling on to their Lowland League status.
Star had a week off last weekend but, weather permitting, they’ll hostWhitehillWelfare at Islecroft on Saturday.
They’ll host Civil Service Strollers the following week and could do with points from both games as they bid to close the gap on the likes of Gala Fairydean Rovers andVale of Leithen.
On March 3 title chasing Spartans are the visitors to Islecroft before a crucial game against bottom side Hawick Royal Albert.
Although Hawick have struggled and are currently 11 points behind Star, they did recently record their first win of the season against Gala and drew with Star earlier in the season.
Star haven’t won in the league since they beatVale of Leithen on November 18 but their form has improved recently with a number of draws providing points that could prove vital in their battle to beat the drop.
Although only one team is automatically relegated from the Lowland League, there could be a second team demoted depending on what happens at the other end of the table.
Should a Highland League team win the play-off to enter the SPFL, then whoever finishes second bottom of the Lowland is likely to be relegated to make room for the demoted side.