HAVING crashed to defeats in their last two outings, Kelso United are more than keen to return to the winning trail, writes John Slorance.
And this Saturday the Tweedsiders are setting out to do this. A big hurdle, however, stands in their way – Gala Fairydean. The two old rivals are set to lock horns on league business at Woodside Park.
Kelso team boss Prof Blaikie told TheSouthern: “We didn’t perform against Gretna last Saturday. In the past we have always managed to give Gretna a good game, but not in this one. We were poor, very poor, and will have to improve a lot to get a result against Gala. It’s a derby game so I shouldn’t need to fire up the players. If you can’t fire yourself up for a match like this then you shouldn’t be playing.”
United are without the suspended Mark Lockhart.
Fairydean coach Garry Fraser said: “Gala haven’t won a game at Kelso for five years, so we will be trying to get this monkey off our back. Although Kelso have lost their last two games at least they have been playing while we have had games off. Getting games under their belt should be an advantage for Kelso. We are looking forward to the game though and it could be quite a match.”
Gala are hoping to have Greg Hay free from injury, but John Waldie is out.
Hawick Royal Albert travel to Edinburgh to face Craigroyston at St Marks Park. The Albert welcome back suspended pair Gavin Watson and Sean Owens, but are minus Rio Rashrash.
Beaten 4-0 by Whitehill Welfare in the league a week ago, Selkirk switch to cup football by hitting the road to meet Stirling University in the second round of the King Cup.
Selkirk assistant manager Bryan Templeton said: “Considering we were two goals behind and down to 10 men in having had Jason Inglis sent off before half an hour had gone, I thought we did well against Whitehill. Indeed, we can emerge from the game with a few positives, for despite having 10 men we created a few chances and held our own.
“Stirling are a good side and gave us a real lesson when they beat us in the opening league game of the season.”
Selkirk are without Jay Wilson and Barry Milven.
Peebles Rovers also bid for a King Cup third round spot by entertaining Eyemouth United at Whitestone Park. Stuart Robertson’s men are firing on all cylinders at the moment following a stuttering start to the season. In yet another tie, Vale of Leithen, who are on a fine run, are away to Easthouses Lily.