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Five Games to Watch in the South East Region - 29/01 February/March 2020

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Salvesen CFC vs Edinburgh City Whites U17
 
This Saturday marks the first cup final in the South East Region this season as Salvesen CFC and Edinburgh City Whites compete at Spartans Academy in the final of the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup.
 
Cup finals are always special occasions in the youth football calendar, and this looks to prove to be no exception. Edinburgh City Whites go into the game as favourites, having only lost one game in the SERYFA Second Division, and having made it to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup this season.
 
Salvesen have had a mixed bag when it comes to this season, but have done extremely well to make it to the final of this competition. They will also have the added motivation of putting their previous encounter with City behind them as they look to avenge their big loss earlier in the season.
 
Ainslie Park is set for what is sure to be an interesting game, and is one of the places to be this weekend.
 
 
Melrose FC vs Eyemouth United U14
 
A table topping encounter in the SERYFA Fourth Division sees leaders Melrose look to pull further away from their rivals Eyemouth United.
 
Melrose are 12 points ahead of United at the top, but have played plenty more games than their opponents. The eight game catch up that Eyemouth need to do puts more pressure on Melrose to get the points needed to solidify their place at the top.
 
Eyemouth have a perfect record in the league this season, with eight wins from eight games so far. A win this weekend would close the gap at the top to nine with plenty of games in hand. Second placed Newtongrange Star, who are also undefeated in the league will be looking at this match with interest.
 
 
Spartans FC vs St Bernard's Midlothian U19
 
Two teams still with a shot of winning the SERYFA U19's league title face off this weekend, as second placed St Bernard's Midlothian travel to take on third placed Spartans.
 
The home side, Spartans, have performed very well this season and will certainly fancy their chances this weekend. They sit six points behind league leaders Blackhall Athletic, but also have the benefit of four games in hand. 
 
St Bernard's are second with two games in hand over the leaders. They have also played two games more than Spartans and have a three point advantage over their opponents. A win for Midlothian would cement their place in second and put pressure on Athletic to stay ahead.
 
 
Gartcairn FA vs Blackburn United U13
 
The WLAYFC League Cups are set to get underway this weekend and one of the ties of the tournament comes in the A League as Gartcairn FA host Blackburn United.
 
Both teams are performing well in the league and look set to make the title race very interesting come the end of the season, but all of that will be put to one side as the two sides compete in cup competition.
 
Gartcairn sit second in the table, just two points behind leaders Milton Rovers having played one game more, whilst Blackburn United sit third, three points behind Rovers with two games in hand.
 
This one will be difficult to call, which is exactly what you want from an entertaining cup clash.
 
 
West Lothian vs Carluke United U14
 
The A League in the WLAYFC is too close to call this season, but two teams battling it out for the title are set to clash this weekend as West Lothian host Carluke United.
 
West Lothian hold the distinction of league leaders for now, though the result of this game could have a massive effect on their chances of staying there. The are three clear of second placed Airdrie, and five clear of their opponents this weekend.
 
Carluke United are unbeaten this season and hold two games in hand over West Lothian. A win would propel them within two of Lothian and surely give them a massive mental advantage of their fellow title challengers for the rest of the season.
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