South v East in the fi­nal of shield

The Galloway News - - DRIVE TIME EXTRA -

The fi­nal of the South/ East Cup Win­ners Shield takes place at Locker­bie on Satur­day when Bon­ny­ton This­tle, win­ners of the South’s Alba Cup, will play Camelon Ju­niors, win­ners of the East equiv­a­lent.

This should be a good con­test, al­though the East League side from the Falkirk area will start as slight favourites as they have gone eight games un­de­feated.

How­ever, the Kilmarnock team – who now lie in sec­ond place in the South League – are well equipped to make their mark and the re­sult is ex­pected to be close.

Bon­ny­ton will carry the best wishes of the rest of the clubs as they fly the flag for the South.

The league matches kick off to­mor­row evening when Mid An­nan­dale en­ter­tain Abbey Vale for the sec­ond week in suc­ces­sion with the Locker­bie side com­ing out on top last time round by the odd goal in three.

It is ex­pected that once again this game will be close as both sides are en­joy­ing good form.

There are six matches due to go ahead on Satur­day with lead­ers Stran­raer host­ing neigh­bours New­ton Ste­wart. Cur­rent form would sug­gest the home side’s un­beaten run will con­tinue, prob­a­bly with some ease.

Lochar This­tle and Up­per An­nan­dale are tied on 28 points from 13 matches and meet at Mof­fat this week­end.

Lochar lost their un­beaten record last week­end when they were beaten by Niths­dale Wan­der­ers so will be keen to bounce back but Up­pers are en­joy­ing a good run and with home ad­van­tage could maybe just edge it to take the three points.

Cree­town play Lochmaben at Cas­tle Cary in an­other con­test that could go close but one in which the home team are more than ca­pa­ble of tak­ing the three points.

An­other vic­tory in a good run would see Niths­dale Wan­der­ers over­take Th­reave Rovers in their match at San­quhar. Form would sug­gest the Cas­tle Dou­glas side will go into this as un­der­dogs with the home side favourites.

Al­though An­nan Ath­letic broke their duck with a draw against Wig­town last week­end they will have to pro­duce some­thing spe­cial again if they want to take any­thing from their match against St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers at St Mary’s Park in Kirkcud­bright.

Wig­town have taken seven points from their last three matches and start as favourites to add an­other three in their match against Dum­fries YMCA at Tram­mond­ford.

De­pend­ing on re­sults else­where, this could see the Shire side move fur­ther up the ta­ble. Fix­tures

Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 (kick­off 8pm): South League: Mid An­nan­dale v Abbey Vale.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 (kick-offs 2pm un­less other­wise stated): Cree­town v Lochmaben; Niths­dale v Th­reave Rovers; St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers v An­nan Ath­letic (3pm); Stran­raer v New­ton Ste­wart ( kick- off 3pm); Up­per An­nan­dale v Lochar This­tle; Wig­town v Dum­fries YMCA.

South/East Cup Win­ners Shield Fi­nal (3pm): Bon­ny­ton This­tle v Camelon Ju­niors.

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