Watsonians and Stew/Mel gear up for promotion battle

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Watsonians and Stewart’s/Melville enjoy home advantage tomorrow as a thrilling end to the National League programme looms.

With Boroughmuir almost certain to be crowned champions – they need a single point from two remaining fixtures but are sidelined tomorrow – the run-in sees ‘Sonians leading third place Stew/Mel by a point.

Tomorrow ‘Sonians entertain Kelso, who beat them 32-31 in the corresponding fixture around the time that Stew/Mel, who receive Hillhead/Jordanhill, were embarking on a run of 11 matches unbeaten.

Last time out Stew/Mel effectively ended Dundee High’s hopes of achieving the play off spot when travelling to Tayside and drawing 10-10.

The outcome came down to a penalty five minutes from full time by Kiwi stand off Nick McCashin, who is sure to be a key performer as a full strength Stew/Mel bid to emulate a 31-13 victory in the previous clash with Hillhead/Jordanhill.

Watsonian hopes took a dent when they lost to Boroughmuir last time out, but a losing bonus point provided some reward and they will want to maintain momentum with Stewart’s/Melville due at Myreside on the last day of the season.

Meanwhile, Currie colts will defend the Scottish under-16 title against Ayr at Lasswade on Sunday (3pm) in a match switched from Murrayfield due to the condition of the pitch.

In the quarter final, Currie overcame Melrose before going on to book their final place at the expense of Stirling County.

As part of the same schedule Boroughmuir kick off proceedings at 12.30 in a re-arranged Bowl semi-final with Selkirk for the right to face West of Scotland. The national under-18 final between Jed Thistle and Ayr takes place at 4,45.