Fairydean relish prospect of Clyde cup challenge

Galafairydean FC manager Steven Noble and captain Sean Paliczka at Netherdale.
Galafairydean FC manager Steven Noble and captain Sean Paliczka at Netherdale.
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Anyone with even half an eye on the local football scene will have noticed that a lot has been happening down Netherdale in recent months.

Gala Fairydean have added Rovers to their name and the club has moved into the Lowland League.

A new managerial team is in charge, a new captain and new players have been drafted in, and new blood has been injected into the committee.

It’s a brand new set-up from last season.

Fairydean Rovers have risen to the challenge in playing in the hotly-competitive Lowland League.

And, on Saturday, the Gala outfit face another challenge – taking on Scottish Division Two side Clyde at home in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

It’s a big occasion for Fairydean Rovers and giving his thoughts on this forthcoming encounter, team boss Steven Noble told The Southern: “It’s a massive game, not just for Fairydean Rovers, but for our supporters and the town.

“Our boys are buzzing about the match and there is a buzz around Gala as well, which makes it an exciting time for everyone.

“We have had Clyde watched and the feedback is that they are a very good side. They are a young team who play good football and are dangerous when going forward, so it’s going to be a big test for us.

“We are huge underdogs, but I have told the players to go out and give their best and enjoy the day. The Gala crowd have been really getting behind us, their support has been brilliant and it gives the boys a lift. Hopefully, we will give them something to cheer about on Saturday.”

Noble selects from a full-strength squad.

Vale of Leithen are involved in Image Printers Cup action when they travel to face Ormiston in a second round tie, while Selkirk are back in Lowland League action, hosting East Kilbride at Yarrow Park.

In the East of Scotland First Division, Hawick Royal Albert are away to Easthouses Lily.

Hawick have Andy Wiliamson suspended, and Steven Russell and Gary Shillinglaw are both unavailable.

Peebles Rovers travel to meet Duns, while Kelso United make the trip to Fife to meet Burntisland Shipyard.