A look ahead to the weekend football action

From back left Paul Doig (assistant manager), Benjamin Huteau, Jordaine Orain, Steve Forrest (manager). Front, Yannis Lamgari, Julio Tonelle.
From back left Paul Doig (assistant manager), Benjamin Huteau, Jordaine Orain, Steve Forrest (manager). Front, Yannis Lamgari, Julio Tonelle.

THE Lowland League Cup continues on its way on Saturday and in doing so conjures up a Border derby clash when Selkirk take on near neighbours Gala Fairydean Rovers at Yarrow Park.

Selkirk who have brought an international flavour to the East of Scotland football scene with their recent signing of four French players Yannis Lamgari, Jordaine Orain, Benjamin Huteau and Julio Tonelle will be looking for their French connection to pay off.

The foursome come to Selkirk with a good pedigree behind them and are part of EDUS Sport Academy scholarship scheme, which offers talented footballers from all over France the opportunity to combine high level football development with English language tuition.

Talking of matters, Selkirk manager Steve Forrest told the ‘Southern’, “It’s caused quite a stir in signing four French guys. I am very excited about what this could mean to Selkirk. In fact I am buzzing and so is the club.

“The four of them are all very talented boys and have a lot to offer and they will be a great asset to Selkirk. We play Gala on Saturday and I think we could do well”.

Paul Addison returns for Selkirk.

Gala team boss Steven Noble commented, “We got a big lift in beating East Kilbride as it was our first win over a Lowland League side since November.

“It’s going to be an interesting game against Selkirk due to Selkirk having signed four French boys. I know absolutely nothing about them but they have to be decent players. We have beaten Selkirk three times this season but all of these games have been played at Gala.

“Selkirk will be going all out to prove themselves but we have a lot of proving to do ourselves so it could be quite a match.”

Fairydean Rovers are without Jamie Gibson who is on holiday.

In another Lowland League Cup meeting Vale of Leithen entertain Preston Athletic at Victoria Park.

Following their 2-1 victory over Duns in the East of Scotland League Cup in their last outing, Hawick Royal Albert square up against the Dingers this weekend in league business at Albert Park.

Missing for Hawick are suspended pair Kevin Strathdee and Nicky Cairns. Dean Fry and Declan Hogg have been released.

Kelso United take on Hibernian East of Scotland at Woodside Park, while Peebles Rovers are away to Ormiston.