Borders teams are in the mix for South Challenge Cup

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Teams from the Lowland and East and South of Scotland leagues are set to be in action in the first round of the South of Scotland Challenge Cup on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

The competition consists of a South and West zone as well as a North and East zone and set to do battle in the latter group are Peebles Rovers, Kelso United, Selkirk, Gala Fairydean Rovers and Vale of Leithen.

The draw has conjured up a Border derby clash between Peebles Rovers and Kelso United at Whitestone Park and Peebles manager John O’Hara told TheSouthern: “It’s good to get a break from the pressures of the league and we shall be hoping to progress into the next round.”

Kelso team boss Scott Dowie said: “Thankfully we have a full squad this Saturday and this will make a huge difference as this is the first time this has happened for some time.”

Having fallen to Edinburgh University by the odd goal in nine, in a Lowland League encounter, Selkirk get an early opportunity to gain revenge as they lock horns with the students again. The University are the hosts this time around.

Gala Fairydean Rovers entertain Heriot Watt University while Vale of Leithen travel to Edinburgh to tangle with Craigroyston.

Hawick Royal Albert are off to the seaside to meet Eyemouth United in East of Scotland first division business and Albert manager Graeme Chadwick has high hopes his side can come away with a victory.

“We have a lot of catching up to do but I think we can start climbing up the league now,” he said.