Headache for Fairies could be cured by another good victory

Bryan Templeton of Gala Fairydean FC.
Bryan Templeton of Gala Fairydean FC.

Following their exit from the Image Printers Cup at the hands of Vale of Leithen, Gala Fairydean Rovers return to Lowland League action on Saturday, hosting Dalbeattie Star at Netherdale.

Gala assistant manager Bryan Templeton told The Southern: “We played them the day after Boxing Day at Dalbeattie.

“The pitch was very heavy and just playable. We decided to change our tactics because of this and played a different game than normal – it worked for us as we won.

“It was a great result for us as Dalbeattie are a good side.

“This week, we have got them on our own 3G pitch and will be trying our best to get another win.

“For the first time for a while we have everybody back and although it will be a bit of a headache as far as selecting a team is concerned, it’s a good headache to have.”

Vale of Leithen meet Threave Rovers at home, while Selkirk head down the A7 to take on high-flying Gretna 2008.

On the East of Scotland First Division scene, Peebles Rovers tackle Kelso United at Whitestone Park.

Rovers manager John O’Hara said: “Kelso may be bottom of the league, but they now have Prof Blaikie back as manager and he knows Kelso inside out.

“Prof will get Kelso going again and they will improve under him.”

Hawick Royal Albert travel to face Heriot Watt University with captain Michael McKenzie back from suspension.

The squad includes new signings goalkeeper Bruce Callan, who has been fixed up on loan from Lothian Thistle, and former Kelso United man Liam O’Rourke.