Fairydean may face capital punishment on city trip

WEATHER permitting, the first round of the King Cup rules the East of Scotland football scene this weekend, writes John Slorance.

Gala Fairydean have a daunting task on their hands when they travel to face Spartans in Edinburgh.

A high-quality outfit, the city men are a real force to be reckoned with and favourites to win the premier division championship.Fairydean will have to pull something special out of the bag to get any sort of a result in this one.

In an all-Border clash Peebles Rovers entertain Hawick Royal Albert at Whitestone Park. Steadily-improving Rovers, who are beginning to develop into a useful side, have toppled the Teries twice on league business this season and should make it a hat-trick of victories over struggling Royalists.

Hawick have Gavin Watson and Sean Owens suspended, while manager David Halfpenny is on a six-game ban from the technical area.

Liam Lavery, who was set to join the Albert from Hawick United, has had a change of heart and decided to remain with the Border amateur League side.

Kelso United are off to the seaside to tackle Eyemouth in a game in which anything could happen.

The Fishermen were involved in the only match to be played in East of Scotland circles last Saturday, going down 2-1 to Berwick Rangers Reserves at home. United are minus the suspended Jamie Swailes.

Selkirk host Heriot Watt University at Yarrow Park and the Souters are liable to be at full strength, while in the third round of the South Challenge Cup Vale of Leithen meet Preston Athletic at Pennypit Park in Prestonpans.