VALE OF LEITHEN are in fourth-bottom spot in the East of Scotland League premier division table, writes John Slorance.
At first glance this does not make good reading.
A second glance, however, reveals a different story – for the Innerleithen outfit have only played a mere three games while some other clubs have registered up to nine and 10.
The Victoria Park men are certainly in a false position and, talking ahead of his side’s away encounter against Leith Athletic on Saturday, Vale manager Robbie Horn said: “The weather is very unpredictable but, fingers crossed, the game will be played on Saturday.
“Getting a league match under our belt before the winter holiday break would be just great. We are very behind in league games and have a lot of catching up to do.
“It’s all a bit frustrating for us and as we have been the victims of our own success due to having done well in cup competitions, we have fallen behind in league games.
“Instead of being in the bottom half in the league we are wanting to be up at the top challenging with the other top clubs, but only time is going to give us the chance to do this.
“If the Leith match goes ahead we really need a win as that would be a real boost.”
Vale are at full strength for their visit to Edinburgh.
Selkirk, who are even deeper down the Premier Division chart than Vale, are due to be in the capital as well, taking on Edinburgh City at the Meadowbank Stadium. Strengthened by the return of Jason Inglis, Jamie Gibson and Euan Pritchard, the relegation-threatened Souters are in much need of points in a bid to escape the drop into the first division.
Speaking about his side’s home clash with Berwick Rangers Reserves, Hawick Royal Albert coach Davie Aitkin said: “Berwick have beaten us by quite big scores in the League Cup and the league this season.”
Aitkin added: “I think it will be a lot closer this time, though, as we have improved since then and we will be looking to give them a game.”
Hawick have Andrew Maltman a doubtful starter due to injury.
Peebles Rovers entertain Craigroyston at Whitestone Park.
z News of Gala Fairydean’s fixture against Kelso United is on page 19.