THEY’VE got to do it all again, writes John Slorance.
Selkirk’s home meeting with Vale of Leithen in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup last weekend ended up all square (see report on page 24).
On Saturday, the two Borders clubs are set to cross swords in a replay at Innerleithen. On this occasion, however, there will be a winner.
If no side is in front after 90 minutes, extra time and a penalty shootout is on the cards to decide who will have a place in the third round – an away clash with Cowdenbeath.
Vale secretary Alex Currie told TheSouthern: “We were the better side last week and I am confident, but not over-confident, that we can get a win on our own patch.
“Although it will not be a money-spinning tie against Cowdenbeath, it will be a big thrill and a great incentive for our guys to play in the next round. However, before we even start thinking about this, we have to worry about Selkirk.”
Vale have Danny Noon back from holiday.
Selkirk midfielder David Battle told us: “Although we are away from home, I fancy our chances to win the replay. Last Saturday we adopted a defensive set-up and relied on the breakaway for goals.
“This almost worked for us as Vale didn’t create many chances and we managed to score.”
Selkirk are without the suspended Jamie Gibson for Saturday’s game.
Meanwhile, Cowdenbeath fitness coach Dougie Anderson, a well-known face in Borders football circles, is rubbing his hands at the prospect of playing a local team.
“We are happy to have a home tie, but for me personally, it’s great to be up against a Borders side,” he said. “Whoever we face, we will prepare as we do against all opposition ... either team will give us a tough game.”
Elsewhere, Gala Fairydean hit the road to tackle Burntisland Shipyard in an East of Scotland First Division match.
Manager Garry Fraser said: “Burntisland beat us in the League Cup, so we know what to expect from them and will be looking for a win this time.”
Fairydean have Ben McGregor out through injury for six weeks, while Andrew Brown and Geri Rossi are doubtful starters.
Kelso United are at home to Easthouses, while Hawick Royal Albert are away to Duns. New Albert manager Graeme Chadwick has added to back room staff by bringing in Owen Murphy as coach.
Meanwhile, incoming Peebles Rovers coach Jason Girdwood is working hard to replenish his squad with the help of Dale McCall, who has had to stand back from a co-manager’s position due to work commitments. Peebles play Leith Athletic away in a Qualifying League tie.
z Gala Fairydean are hoping that the appointment of goalkeeping coach Davie Gordon may entice his internationally renowned son, Craig, to spend some time at the club.
The 30-year-old ex-Hearts goalie, who has 40 caps for Scotland, cost Sunderland £9million five years ago, but has been hampered by injury and has been without a club since May.
Gordon Senior made five appearances for Stirling Albion in 1981/82 and also had a spell in the Hawick Royal Albert goal, watched keenly by his primary school-aged son.