Cup football is on the menu on the Borders football scene this weekend – and some appetising games are ready to be served up.
None more so than Vale of Leithen’s mouth-watering Scottish Cup preliminary round clash with Gala Fairydean Rovers at Victoria Park.
Vale manager Mark Lamb told TheSouthern: “Gala beat us 4-1 in a league match, so the confidence will be with them.
“But that game is in the past now. I am a great believer in what happens on the day. It’s all about who wants to go the extra mile at the time.
“We are a young team and I know we are going to have our ups and downs. It’s going to be a learning process for us during the season and the Scottish Cup is a great place to start.
“Since the season started we have had players missing, but guys have started to return and we shall almost be at full strength for Saturday. This is a boost for us.”
Gala team boss Steven Noble said: “We were all gutted in losing to Spartans last week and felt hard done by as we had played well and deserved to get something out of the game.
“Playing the Vale in the Scottish Cup though is a good chance for us to bounce back.
“It’s a massive game for both clubs. We beat Vale last week in the league, but that means absolutely nothing. Vale are at home and it’s a cup match – and anything can happen.
“Mark Lamb will have his side up for the game, but we will be up for it as well and we are really looking forward to the match.”
Hawick Royal Albert are also involved in Scottish Cup action and travel to face South of Scotland outfit Newton Stewart.
Hawick assistant manager John Fettes told us: “Manager Graeme Chadwick and myself have both watched Newton Stewart and they are a good side. We will have to be at our best though to progress into the first round of the Scottish Cup.”
Elsewhere, Kelso United meet Gretna 2008 in the Image Printers Cup. The Tweedsiders have appointed a new manager in Scott Dowie and the former United goalkeeper takes over from Prof Blaikie this weekend.
In another Image Printers Cup tie, Selkirk face Peebles Rovers at Yarrow Park.