Fairydean’s promotion rests on a win and a prayer

ALL roads lead to Netherdale for Gala Fairydean supporters on Saturday as the promotion-seeking Borders outfit take on Ormiston in a must-win game, writes John Slorance.

However, Fraser Lothian’s outfit are also depending on First Division champions Heriot-Watt University beating league rivals Preston Athletic, who are currently two points ahead of Gala, at Riccarton.

Lothian said: “We have to stay focused on our own game and not take too much notice of what is happening elsewhere.”

Hawick Royal Albert bring the curtain down on their season with a home game against Kelso United.

Albert assistant manager Graeme Chadwick told TheSouthern: “We want to finish the season on a high and the way to do this is to get a win over Kelso.”

Goalkeeper Andy Jack is making the long trip from Wales to join a Hawick squad that will include trialists.

United team boss and one-time Hawick manager Prof Blaikie said: “It’s been good to see Hawick start to do well, but I don’t want them to do well on Saturday, that’s for sure.”

The Tweedsiders have Stuart Harker unavailable.

Peebles Rovers host Craigroyston at Whitestone Park.

In a bottom-of-the-table Premier Division clash, Vale of Leithen are at home to Leith Athletic, while relegated Selkirk play Gretna 2008 at Yarrow Park.

z A FOOTBALL match won in controversial circumstances is to be replayed following an appeal from the winning team, writes Kenny Paterson.

Division A leaders Pencaitland and Tweeddale Rovers were tied at 3-3 in the closing stages of their league encounter at Meadowmill Sports Centre when a Tweeddale player was injured, leading to a team-mate kicking the ball off the pitch to allow for treatment.

However, in scenes reminiscent of Marc Overmars’ goal against Sheffield United in an FA Cup tie in 1999, Pencaitland scored when their Peebles opponents believed the ball would be returned in an act of good sportsmanship.

The goal gave the East Lothian side a vital victory, but left Rovers furious, leading to a bitter debate on football internet forum Pie and Bovril, with calls for the club to even be kicked out of the league.

But the result has now been declared null and void after Pencaitland’s management approached both Tweeddale and the Border Amateur League asking for a rematch.

Tam Williamson, Tweeddale Rovers’ match secretary, told TheSouthern: “I was not at the game but I texted the Pencaitland assistant manager Graham Easton afterwards and he said he was disgusted with what had happened and would consider his position if a replay was not arranged.

“It should not happen at our level of the game. They are going for the league title, but should not need to do that and I would never encourage one of my teams to do it.

“It is a strange one and I have only ever seen it happen with Arsenal a few years ago.

“But we are happy that the match is now set to be replayed.”

The date of the rearranged fixture is yet to be announced, but both teams face each other in the Beveridge Cup semi-finals this Tuesday, while Pencaitland take on Leithen Rovers in the final of the South Cup tonight (Thursday) at Netherdale’s 3G Arena.