Lowland League Preview – March 23rd

East Kilbride can win the title with a victory and Whitehill Welfare need points to avoid the drop. Another weekend packed with drama coming up…


by Ronan Alexander

It’s the weekend everyone associated with East Kilbride has been waiting for. Three points on Saturday will ensure Stuart Malcolm’s men are crowned as champions, but Cumbernauld Colts stand in their way.

The visitors come into the match in seventh place, 30 points behind their opposition. Colts have only lost one of their last six matches drawing their last three consecutive games so will look to be stubborn opponents. The dangerous strike partnership of Sean Brown and Fraser Team will look to unlock a Kilby defence that has only conceded nine goals this season and will be threatened by creative midfielders Craig Holmes and Stephen O’Neill.

Kilby boast an unbelievable unbeaten record which stretches back to October, and clinching the title would be the perfect way to continue that run.

Ones to watch

East Kilbride – Craig Malcolm

Cumbernauld Colts – Craig Holmes



by Ronan Alexander

After last weekend’s match between the sides was postponed, these two teams struggling for form meet at Peffermill with both clubs desperate for three points to start climbing the table again.

Patrick Baird scored in a 1-1 away draw to Cumbernauld Colts for the hosts a fortnight ago as Edusport lost 1-0 to league leaders East Kilbride.

You need to go back to November for Dorian Ogunro’s side’s last league victory, but they’ll be aiming to build on the point they gained at Colts and a victory could see them go level on points with Edusport as only three points separate the clubs.

The score ended 2-2 when the two teams met at Galabank back in August.

Ones to watch

Edinburgh University – Patrick Baird

Edusport Academy – Jean Guy Lucas



by Craig Edwards

Tenth welcomes sixth to Victoria Park as East Stirlingshire make the trip to Vale of Leithen.

The home side are on a decent run of form having won three of their last five games however have not played since the 2nd of March due to match postponements but currently sit in tenth spot with plenty of games in hand on the teams above them.

East Stirlingshire have failed to win any of their last three games in all competitions since their six game unbeaten run came to an end and still have a fight with Cumbernauld Colts to secure sixth spot in the table.

Vale won the meeting earlier in the season at the Falkirk Stadium 3-2 while both teams last game were defeats to Civil Service Strollers.

Ones to watch

Vale of Leithen – Liam Ireland

East Stirlingshire – Paul McCafferty


Dalbeattie Star vs Kelty Hearts

by Martin Fleming

It’s another tough challenge for 14th place Star as they host a Kelty side fighting to finish in second.

Darren Kerr and his men would love to grab a point or two in their closing games just to help bridge the five point gap between themselves and bottom side Whitehill Welfare. Despite remaining in the relegation fight for all of the season, Star have proven they can score against top sides, evident with a brilliant goal in last week’s 4-1 defeat to BSC Glasgow.

Barry Ferguson’s Kelty Hearts come off a postponed weekend due to their game against Cumbernauld Colts succumbing to the weather. Their last league game was a 2-1 defeat to Spartans so, given defeats for the Fife side have been few and far between this season, they will look to bounce back confidently.

The sides met on league action on the opening day of the season with the game finishing 2-2.

Ones to watch

Dalbeattie Star – Calvin Cowie

Kelty Hearts – Garry Leighton


Civil Service Strollers vs Gala Fairydean Rovers

by Martin Fleming

Strollers host a mid-table Fairydean Rovers at Christie Gillies Park with both teams looking to jump up a spot in the league table in the closing games.

Gary Jardine’s squad sit comfortably in fourth, five points ahead of fifth place Spartans and if they maintain a run of victories in the final month could potentially climb into the top two. Their last game was a 4-3 thriller against East Stirlingshire last Friday night, a game that will no doubt have Civil’s attacking confidence up. Currently, the Edinburgh side sit level on 48 points with Kelty Hearts so all points are worth a massive amount if they want to finish in the top three.

The Galashiels men were one of a dozen of teams whose game was postponed last weekend. Their previous league outing was a 2-2 draw with East Stirlingshire which couldn’t nudge them from their ninth place spot, however a handful of points in their final games could help them jump into the top eight.

Ones to watch

Civil Service Strollers – David Churchill

Gala Fairydean Rovers – Phil Addison



by Jordan Robertson

Two of the league’s most out of form sides meet on Saturday when Gretna 2008 take on Whitehill Welfare.

The home side have lost four games in a row. Their form this season has been incredibly inconsistent and whenever they pick up a win, they seem to follow it up with a defeat. In their last 20 games they have lost 14 and won 6, so they will be hoping to break this trend at the weekend and pick up a win and follow it up with a few more decent results.

Visitors Whitehall Welfare have been the poorest side in the league this season and know it will be a big challenge to pick up the three points. They have won only once this season, however a win here would be a huge confidence boost and they will have to go and play to try and take something.

Ones to watch

Gretna 2008 – Daniel Smales

Whitehill Welfare – Kevin Keane