Kelso and Selkirk set for derby battle

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THE South Cup takes precedence in East of Scotland football this weekend with a prime Borders derby in the offing, writes Fiona Scott.

Yarrow Park is the venue for the Selkirk v Kelso second round clash and the Tweedsiders are looking to do the business again following their win over Gala last weekend.

Team manager Prof Blaikie told TheSouthern: “We have been playing well for the last few weeks and have also done alright against Border teams this season, so we are definitely looking forward to meeting Selkirk and don’t feel we have anything to fear.”

Kelso will be missing Jordan Lauder, who will serve a one-match ban after picking up his sixth yellow card of the season last weekend, while Chris Black returns from his holidays.

Over in the Selkirk camp, Bryan Templeton acknowledged that their opponents have been playing well recently, but feels that if his team play like they can then they should have nothing to worry about.

Ross McManus, Davie Battle and Jason Inglis will all be missing from the Selkirk line-up due to work and holiday commitments.

Selkirk have had an enforced reshuffle behind the scenes also, after chairman Jim Moody stood down due to health reasons.

Current vice-chair Brian Combe will step into the breach until the end of the season, while Ross Anderson takes on the position of the latter.

Peebles, Vale of Leithen and Hawick Royal Albert are also in cup action when they take on Eyemouth, Heriot-Watt University and Duns respectively.

Gala continue their long run of away fixtures, due to work on the new Netherdale 3G pitch, when they travel to play Easthouses Lily. Still smarting from their defeat at the hands of Kelso last weekend, Fraser Lothian’s men are looking to get their season back on track.

He said: “We need to start winning games before we get back to playing at home.”

Gala will be without Jack Hay and Jay Wilson, who both picked up red cards at Woodside last week.

Matters have also been kicking off in the Border Amateur League over the last few weeks.

Selkirk Victoria have plummeted to the foot of the Division B table on minus -14 points after being found guilty of various administrative errors, mostly concerning player registration.

The Yarrow Park club had yet to win a match in the middle group, but with four draws from eight games, hopes of retaining their foothold in the division were high. However, the recent loss of 18 points, following a decision by the Border Amateur League Committee, has sent them hurtling with no real chance of escape.

The club have also been fined a three-figure sum.