Borders three are up for the Scottish Cup

Gala Fairydean Rovers No 8 David Bonner just misses the target. Picture: Alwyn Johnston
Gala Fairydean Rovers No 8 David Bonner just misses the target. Picture: Alwyn Johnston

The William Hill Scottish Cup, Scotland’s biggest domestic competition, an event that is steeped in history and tradition.

And this Saturday Gala Fairydean Rovers, Selkirk and Hawick Royal Albert are going to be action in the first round.

Gala are set to cross swords with top junior side Linlithgow Rose at Netherdale.

Glancing ahead to this tussle, Gala manager Steven Noble said: “It’s going to be a very difficult game for us but we are at home which is a big bonus.

“Linlithgow are a very good side but they are having to come to Gala and play on a 3G pitch, which will be unusual for them.

“All of this suits us just fine. We have a good squad and we have shown in flashes during the season that we can match any top team. Hopefully we get it right on Saturday and be able to get a place in the second round.”

Selkirk travel deep into the Highlands to tackle Nairn County about which Selkirk manager Steve Forrest says: “I had my first experience in the Scottish Cup last season when Selkirk were dispatched by Bo’ness, an exceptionally good junior side.

“This time we have got Nairn County and apart from knowing they play in the Highland and have an excellent ground, I know little about them. I am quite happy about this as I want to focus on what Selkirk can do.

“A game in the Scottish Cup is a pleasant distraction from the league and our guys are looking forward to the game.

“It’s our aim to have our name in the draw for the second round”.

Hawick Royal Albert also face Highland League opposition in entertaining Huntly at Albert Park and Albert assistant manager Dean Robertson, a former Hearts, Airdrie and Inverness Caledonian Thistle signing said: “It’s a big occasion for the club and massive for our young players as they have not experienced playing in a game as high level as this before. All of them are very excited about playing in the Cup.

“Huntly play in the Highland and will be a strong side and of a high standard. We have been preparing well for the game and it would be just great to get a win for the town.”

In an East of Scotland League encounter Peebles Rovers are away to Stirling University.