A year back Peebles Rovers were rooted deep in the lower half of the East of Scotland first division league table but fast forward 12 months and they are topping the chart, writes John Slorance.
Their remarkable switch in fortunes – in what so far has been an excellent season – does not stop with being league leader though.
For the Whitestone Park side are just one game away from lifting what would be their first piece of silverware for some considerable time.
Come late Sunday afternoon, Rovers could well have a trophy in their possession as they are set to meet high flying premier league outfit Leith Athletic in the final of the Alex Jack Cup at Victoria Park, Innerleithen.
Peebles manager John O’Hara told TheSouthern: “It’s a big day and we are ready for it.
“I have told the players that this is a chance to put themselves into the history books in winning a cup – and believe me no side wants it more than we do.
“Our guys know how important the game is for the club, as well as for the town.”
In facing Leith, Rovers can expect a real hot handful as the Edinburgh men are currently flying high and holding the top spot in the premier league. No one is more aware of this than O’Hara who said, “They play good football and have some very good players. But I really think we could bring the cup back to Peebles”.
In the Lowland League, Gala Fairydean Rovers take on Preston Athletic while Selkirk are away to Threave Rovers. Kelso United tangle with Eyemouth United at Warner Park in a first division East of Scotland League encounter.