Hill of a challenge for leaders Vale

Lowland League table toppers Vale of Leithen face their hardest task to date on Saturday at Whitehill Welfare, writes John Slorance.

Vale travel to Ferguson Park without the suspended Ryan McKenzie.

For Selkirk and Gala Fairydean Rovers, life in the Lowland League has not been so rosy. Neither side has recorded a win, but Souters manager Mike McKinnon is not downbeat ahead of a visit from Preston Athletic.

He told The Southern: “When we joined the Lowland League we were under no illusions. We knew it was going to be hard, we knew we were going to be playing top sides every week, and we knew what was ahead of us.

“No disrespect to East of Scotland football whatsoever, but we wanted to play in a higher grade and better ourselves.”

Gala hit the road to face Stirling University.

Manager Steven Noble said: “Although we haven’t won a game, we have been playing well. Stirling are potential champions.

“However, every game we play, we think we have a chance of winning and that’s what we will be aiming for.”

In the EoS First Division, Hawick welcome back Michael McKenzie from suspension for the trip to Hibs at East Mains and Kelso United host Peebles Rovers at Woodside Park.