Fairies still believe they can fly

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ALTHOUGH outsiders, Gala Fairydean have not given up thoughts of gaining promotion to the Premier Division, writes John Slorance.

On Saturday, the Netherdale outfit will try to take further steps in this direction by gaining full points in their home encounter against Easthouses Lily.

Fairies manager Fraser Lothian told TheSouthern: “We still have a chance. It’s a hard task, but it’s not beyond us. We need to put pressure on other teams who have a chance of going up by winning as many games as possible.

“It will be a tough game against Easthouses as they have been doing well. We are unbeaten at home in the league this season and I am quietly confident that we can hold on to this record on Saturday.”

Hawick Royal Albert travel to face Coldstream at Home Park. The Teries have a trialist in their squad, but are still without suspended pair Gavin Watson and Sean Owens.

Kelso United tackle Gretna 2008 without keeper Scott Dowie. Former Peebles Rovers number one David Simmons will be in goal and Hawick youngster Bruce Connelly substitute keeper.

Peebles Rovers, who have come on leaps and bounds following a poor start to the season, entertain Craigroyston at Whitestone Park.

Rovers boss Stuart Robertson has high hopes his side can continue their climb up the table and said: “In our last three games we have lost only three goals – a big improvement on what was happening at the beginning of the season.

“One of the main reasons for this is that we have Keith Harper back in our defence after being missing for a while due to injury.

“He is a top player and there has been a massive difference at the back since he returned as he tightened things up a lot.”

In the Premier Division, Selkirk meet Whitehill Welfare at Yarrow Park, while Andy Martin returns for Vale when they clash with St Cuthbert’s Wanderers in the South of Scotland Challenge Cup.

z Elsewhere, Galashiels’ Danny Galbraith has been called into Billy Stark’s Scotland Under 21 training squad.

The 20-year-old Hibs winger attended a three-day training camp this week ahead of UEFA Under-21 European Championship qualifiers later this year.