VALE OF LEITHEN made an exit from the King Cup at the hands of Stirling University last Saturday, writes John Slorance.
This weekend the Innerleithen side get an early opportunity to gain revenge as they take on the students in a Premier Division match at Victoria Park.
Vale manager Robbie Horn has high hopes his side can do just that and told TheSouthern: “This is a massive one for us as we are much in need of a win to get away from the relegation area. There are a few sides in the same position as us so it’s very important to get points on board and break away from them.
“We have three key players, John Hall, Paul Greenhill and Kerr Dodds missing. But we are at home, have no fears about Stirling, and will be looking for a win.”
Currently second bottom of the top-flight table, Selkirk are also in much need of a victory when they travel to play basement boys Heriot Watt University.
The Souters’ assistant manager Davie Main said: “Our boys are lacking in confidence at the moment as things have just not been going our way. A good result can change all that, though, and that’s what we will be aiming to do.”
Selkirk should be at full strength.
In the First Division, lowly Hawick Royal Albert travel to face league leaders Leith Athletic.
Albert manager Mick Murphy commented: “It will be a big test for us and nobody will give us a chance.
“However, we will be attempting to prove folk wrong.”
Hawick parade new signing Willie Turner.
Kelso United and Peebles Rovers tangle at Woodside Park and anything is liable to happen in this one. The Tweedsiders have recovered from a sticky losing spell by drawing their last three games, while Rovers are now having a good season following a stuttering start.
Following a short loan spell to Hawick Royal Albert, keeper Bruce Connelly returns to the Kelso squad.
Gala Fairydean get on with the job of attempting to finish as high up the league as possible in entertaining Ormistion at Netherdale.