VALE OF LEITHEN are one step away from being in a cup final, writes John Slorance.
However, to make this move, the Innerleithen side have to take a huge stride in hurdling over Spartans away from home in the semi-final of the South Regional Challenge Cup on Saturday.
Looking ahead to the encounter, Vale manager Robbie Horn told TheSouthern: “Spartans are the best side in East of Scotland league football. Even on an off-day they can still grind out a result and have a few players who could well be playing in a higher grade of football.
“We have some quality players as well, though. Our guys lack in self-belief at times and I keep telling them this. If they start believing in themselves a bit more they can make things happen.
“The Vale have not won a cup for 20 years or so. To win a trophy you have to beat the likes of teams like Spartans at some stage. So it would be great to get a win on Saturday and reach the final.
“And who knows after that”.
Vale are minus the suspended Darren Gillon.
Following the cancellation of their match against Preston Athletic on Tuesday night, Selkirk continue their bid to get much-needed points on the board in hosting Civil Service Strollers at Yarrow Park.
Making a return to the Selkirk footballing scene as assistant to team boss Bryan Templeton after being out of football for a spell, comeback man Davie Main said: “Being a manager on your own is a massive job, so I am helping Bryan Templeton out until the end of the season and then I will see how it goes.
“Selkirk’s league position is not ideal at the moment. There are a lot of teams round about us and we have a good few more games to play, and I feel we have a very good chance to improve things.”
He added: “A win over Civil Service would be a big help.”
Kelso United are minus the talented Jamie Swailes for their home clash with Craigroyston – Swailes has signed for Gretna 2008.
The Tweedsiders, however, have fixed up Swailes’ cousin Aaron Swailes. A youngster with great potential, Swailes has just been released by Carlisle United under-16s.
Peebles Rovers have a tricky match in front of them in their fixture with Eyemouth United. The Fishermen have sank Hawick Royal Albert and Gala Fairydean in their last two games, rattling home 12 goals in the process.
Gala Fairydean are without a game.