SUNDAY AMATEURS BY TOTTI
LOREBURN THISTLE v FIVE ARCHES BOMBERS
Five Arches returned to the summit last weekend but they will know every match is vital if they are to stay there, none more so than this one which gives them a chance to avenge their heaviest defeat of the season. Loreburn have struggled to maintain any form but showed last time against the Bombers exactly what they are capable of and will be looking to prove that was not just a one off. Prediction: Three crucial points for the Bombers.
KINGS ARMS v BLACK BULL ROVERS
Kings title hopes took a dent last weekend and they will be determined to bounce back against their local rivals. On paper it should be an easy victory for Kings but the Derby bragging rights adds a dimension plus the fact Black Bull are embroiled in a relegation scrap and fighting for every point making this a very tricky prospect. Prediction: Kings to edge a tight match.
NORMANDY STAR v MOFFAT THISTLE 2010
Normandy have shown improved form of late as they look to climb away from the foot of the table, a disappointing loss last weekend could prove a setback though. Moffat title hopes remain strong but they will be looking to turn games in hand into points to close the gap at the top. Prediction: A hard fought win for Moffat.
PALMERSTON COLTS v SCAUR
A vital win last time out for Palmerston will have given them renewed vigour to climb the table and they know a win here can lift them above their opponents. Scaur have struggled to get going so far this term but will be looking to prove in the second half of the campaign that they will be a side to be reckoned with next season. Prediction: Too tight to call.
SUMMERHILL v ANNAN TOWN
A hard earned point last weekend showed Summerhill have got to grips with the Amateur league, this tie might prove beyond them but they are sure to scrap and fight in the hope of getting themselves off the foot of the table. Annan will be aware they will face a tough battle as they aim to keep their 100% record intact but having climbed back to the top of the league will be determined to stay there. Prediction: Looks like another Annan win.
YOUTH UNITED v HOLE IN THE WA
A promising debut season for Youth appears to be fizzling out after a heavy defeat last weekend and another match against title challengers could well take the wind from their sails. The Wa will be fired up for this match and know they cannot afford to drop any more points with the promotion race heating up. Prediction: The Wa to take the victory.
HENDERSONS COLTS v PARK THISTLE
Only one point separates these sides in the table and only one goal separated them the last time they met, and with Hendersons holding the advantage in both they will feel they can come into this match as favourites and end a sticky spell of form. Park had been putting on some decent performances but a disappointing defeat last time out could prove a real setback, although they will look to prove it was a glitch. Prediction: Could end all square.
NITHSIDE v DUMFRIES ATHLETIC
Nithside will be desperate to get a game under their belts having not played since mid December and a match up with Dumfries will give them high hopes of adding to their points tally. Athletic may be wary of facing up to a side who until recently topped the table but they know they are capable of causing an upset if they can get their best team out and catch Nithside cold. Prediction: Nithside to grind out the win.
Fixtures Sunday 2nd March:
Premier Division: Normandy Star v Moffat Thistle, 3G, W Vivers (4pm); Palmerston Colts v Scaur, Jocks Loaning, D McGuffie; Loreburn Thistle v Five Arches Bombers, Glentrool, B Templeton; Kings Arms v Black Bull Rovers, Lochmaben, J McEwan.
First Division: Summerhill v Annan Town, Sandside, J Thomson; Youth United v Hole in the Wa, Shawhead, D Kirk; Henderson’s Colts v Park Thistle, Auldgirth, M Sproule; Nithside v Dumfries Athletic, Parkhead, C Stitt.
Results Sunday February 23rd February:
Premier Division: Kings Arms 1 Five Arches Bombers 2; Palmerston Colts 3 Normandy Star 1.
First Division: Summerhill 3 Henderson’s Colts 3; Annan Town 9 Youth United 2.
PREMIER P W D L F A GD Pts
Five Arches Bombers 16 10 1 5 48 37 11 31
Kings Arms 16 9 3 4 49 39 10 30
Moffat Thistle 2010 12 8 2 2 31 18 13 26
Loreburn Thistle 15 7 1 7 56 38 18 22
Scaur 13 5 4 4 42 35 7 19
Palmerston Colts 16 6 3 7 43 50 -7 18
Normandy Star 13 2 2 9 30 50 -20 8
Black Bull Rovers 13 1 2 10 16 48 -32 5
FIRST DIVISION P W D L F A GD Pts
Annan Town 12 12 0 0 90 16 74 36
Nithside 13 11 1 1 85 29 56 34
Jolly Harvester 16 10 2 4 69 54 15 32
Hole In the Wa 11 9 1 1 61 26 35 28
Ruthwell Rovers 16 6 1 9 42 49 -7 19
Youth United 16 4 2 10 39 84 -45 14
Hendersons Colts 14 3 2 9 45 72 -27 11
Park Thistle 15 3 1 11 36 67 -31 10
Dumfries Athletic 12 3 1 8 22 57 -35 10
Summerhill 15 2 3 10 32 67 -35 9