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Queens close in on challenge trophy final hopes

Queen's manager, Gavin Skelton. Credit: ITV Border

Queen of the South are just two games away from making the final of the SPFL challenge trophy and face Alloa in the Quarter finals next month.

Manager, Gavin Skelton, is also focusing on maintaining his unbeaten start in the league and wants to take things one game at a time:

We've got a tough game next week against Greenock Morton, And like I keep saying in the Championship, there is absolutely nothing between the teams. So we'll need to perform like that to give ourselves a chance to take something from the game next week."

– Gavin Skelton, Manager at Queen of the South

Hawick school wins national sport award

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Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary in Hawick is one of two schools in the Borders to have been awarded a National School Sport Gold Award by sportscotland.

The initiative aims to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education and school sport opportunities.

To achieve the highest award, schools must demonstrate excellence across a range of core areas including physical education, extra-curricular sport, school sport competition, pathways to life-long participation and young people's leadership and voice.

Putting sporting activity at the heart of the curriculum as is the case at Drumlanrig means not only that pupils are fitter and stronger, but their mental, emotional and social wellbeing should also show improvement. I would encourage them to keep up the good work and keep moving forward with their commitment to being as fit and healthy as they can.”

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Education


South of Scotland league: Weekend results

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Here's the weekend results for the South of Scotland league:

  • Lochar Thistle 0 v 2 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • Nithsdale Wanderers 4 v 5 Lochmaben
  • Upper Annandale 2 v 6 Edusport Academy

South Of Scotland League Cup 2nd Round:

  • Abbey Vale 0 v 5 Heston Rovers
  • Creetown 1 v 2 Newton Stewart
  • Mid Annandale 5 v 0 Dumfries Ymca
  • St Cuthbert Wanderers 2 v 4 Threave Rovers

QoS fans applaud in memory of Sanquhar crash victim

The crowd applauded on the 39th minute to remember 39-year-old Ryan Baird Credit: Queen of the South FC

Fans attending the Queen of the South cup tie against Linfield applauded on the 39th minute of the game in memory of Ryan Baird.

The 39-year-old from Sanquhar was killed last weekend when the Rangers support bus he was travelling in overturned in Ayrshire.

Mr Baird was a Linfield and Rangers fan, and his family have travelled to Dumfries to watch today's match.

A minute's silence was also held at Palmerston Park before kick off at 1pm.

Stokes hits 101 against Bangladesh

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Cumbrian cricketer, Ben Stokes, has hit a hundred for England.

The England all-rounder, who grew up in Cockermouth, scored 101 in England's first One Day International against Bangladesh.

His maiden one day century helped the tourists to an innings total of 309 for 8 off 50 overs.


Blues look to extend unbeaten league record

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Carlisle United will be looking to extend their unbeaten league record run to twelve games tomorrow.

The Blues, sitting third in the League Two table, broke a club record last weekend, by starting a season eleven games undefeated. The previous ten match record was set in 1989.

They play away to tenth-placed Morecambe tomorrow.

Blues take on Blackburn Under 21's

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Carlisle United will take on Blackburn Under 21's in the Football League Trophy tonight.

After setting a club record over the weekend, by starting the season eleven games unbeaten in the league, manager Keith Curle is urging fans to come out in force to support the side at Brunton Park:

I want to see a Carlisle United vibrant support on Tuesday night because it is important. It is all about momentum. People talk about it as an opportunity for people to get ninety minutes. I don't give starting positions away easy. It's another game I want to win."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

Stokes' county side relegated

Cockermouth all-rounder Ben Stokes, plays for Durham County Credit: PA

Durham County cricket club have been relegated from Division One in the County Championship over financial issues.

The club has accepted a £3.8m financial aid package.

The team, who have Cockermouth's England all-rounder Ben Stokes in their ranks, have also lost the right to stage Test cricket at their Riverside ground.

They will start next season in Division Two with a 48-point deduction.

South of Scotland League: Weekend results

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Here are the weekend's South of Scotland league results:

Cree Lodge Cup 1st Round

  • Heston Rovers 4 v 2 Abbey Vale
  • Lochar Thistle 4 v 0 Creetown
  • Mid Annandale 10 v 0 Dumfries Ymca
  • Newton Stewart 2 v 1 Threave Rovers
  • Nithsdale Wanderers 3 v 4 Upper Annandale
  • Wigtown & Bladnoch 1 v 4 St Cuthbert Wanderers

Match fixtures for Wednesday 5 October:

  • Dumfries Ymca v Heston Rovers
  • St Cuthbert Wanderers v Threave Rovers
  • Edusport Academy v Mid Annandale
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