Football card deals up double derby action

Action from Hawick Royal Albert v Duns 27/09/14
Action from Hawick Royal Albert v Duns 27/09/14

Hawick Royal Albert clashed with Kelso United in an evening East of Scotland League first division match on the last Wednesday of August at Albert Park.

On Saturday the two sides are set to do battle again, back on league business at the same venue.

The first meeting ended in a 2-2 draw and talking of the return match, Kelso manager and former Hawick goalkeeper Scott Dowie told The Southern: “If you were to offer me a point just now I would gladly take it.

“Hawick are starting to gel together and got a good draw with Duns in their last game, as well as scoring four goals.

“I was pleased with our performance against Burntisland Shipyard last Saturday (see report on page 77). The script was going against us as we had a man sent off early on and were two goals down at half-time. In the second half we showed a lot of spirit and managed to battle back to get a draw.

“If I get the same commitment again from the players for the Hawick game, I will be happy.”

The Tweedsiders are without the suspended Dean Boyne, while Hawick have Nicky Cairns, Greg Summers and Sean Fallan on the injured list.

Elsewhere on Saturday, high-flying Peebles Rovers take on Tynecastle in the semi-final of the Alex Jack Cup at Whitestone Park.

Glancing ahead to this encounter, Rovers boss John O’Hara told us: “Tynecastle beat Spartans 7-1, which was a fantastic result for them and they are obviously a very good side.

“We are on a run of form and doing well ourselves, though.

“I have an easy job ahead of me before the match, for I won’t need to gee up the players as they know how important the game is to the club and the town. It’s a long time since Peebles Rovers have been in a semi-final and even longer for a final.”

Over at Victoria Park, Vale of Leithen and Gala Fairydean Rovers square up against each other in the Image Printers Cup.

This will be the third clash of the two rivals this term and Gala manager Steven Noble said: “We have beaten the Vale twice this season, but that means absolutely nothing.

“We are not playing particularly well at the moment and will have to pick up to get a result.

“Our form has been disappointing and so has our discipline, as we have had four guys red-carded in our last four games.”

Gala are without Jamie Gibson, who is serving a ban.