Gala boss Noble targets Hay as derby danger man

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Ex-Scotland striker Garry O’Connor gets most of the attention at Yarrow Park, but Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Stevie Noble has warned his team to keep an eye on Jack Hay.

Former Gala frontman Hay has scored four goals in his last two games, including a hat-trick in the 5-3 win at Threave Rovers last weekend.

Both teams go into this weekend’s Lowland League clash at Yarrow Park on the back of victories and Noble expects an exciting local derby.

“They are very strong going forward with Garry O’Connor, Phil Addison and Jack Hay,” he said.

“Jack has been scoring plenty goals recently and will be a threat, but we go into the game full of confidence after beating a strong Gretna side who had only lost one game at home this season until we defeated them.

“I know Selkirk will be up for this game but we will focussing on three points to take us into the top half of the table.”

Ex-Souters pair Lee Stephen and Daryl Burdett will both miss the game for Gala.

Selkirk manager Stevie Forrest added: “We have been in good form of late with two league wins on the trot and we hope to keep it going against Gala.”

Meanwhile, Vale of Leithen host out of form Gretna 2008, who have lost three matches in a row.

But Mickey Lawson could be missing two key players after Jason Stevens suffered concussion and Ryan Sclater picked up a knee injury, both in the defeat to Spartans.

Vale boss Mickey Lawson said: “We will have to see how they are this week at training but we could be done to the bare bones against Gretna.

“Gretna have always given my previous teams a lot of problems but they are having a bit of a funny season so hopefully we can back to winning ways against them.”

Elsewhere, Peebles Rovers will hope to recover from last week’s home loss to Civil Service Strollers on their trip to Tynecastle in the East of Scotland League.

John O’Hara’s men defeated Tynie 3-1 last season, with a repeat result ensuring Peebles keep in touch with table toppers Leith Athletic.

Hawick Royal Albert have time to regroup following their 3-1 defeat to league high flyers Leith Athletic last weekend as they do not have a game on Saturday. Their next game will be against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in the South Challenge Cup on Saturday, October 17.