AFTER going down heavily to Leith Athletic in Edinburgh last weekend, Kelso United return to the capital to face Craigroyston at St Mark’s Park in an East of Scotland First Division clash this weekend, writes John Slorance.
Highly unlikely to be in the starting line-up, however, is regular United keeper Scott Dowie.
United team boss Prof Blaikie told TheSouthern: “Scott’s approach during a recent game against Eyemouth United was unacceptable. Although I wasn’t at the match myself as I was working, I believe he let himself down through a very bad attitude problem.
“He was replaced in the second half. Since then, Scott has not trained with Kelso, or contacted the club, so he could be on the way out.”
The Tweedsiders will be looking for better fortunes this weekend and Blaikie added: “We were terrible against Leith. Okay, we had four players missing and you can’t really afford that when you meet sides the calibre of Leith.
“But I am not using this as an excuse. We just didn’t play, and I was disappointed with the attitude of some of our players.
“We will have to pick ourselves up for the Craigroyston match. I am hoping to have two new faces as we need regrouping.” John McCutcheon and Paul Dumma are back for Kelso.
Elsewhere, Hawick Royal Albert tackle Ormiston in a battle of the basement boys at Albert Park.
Albert captain Alan Campbell said: “We are in much need of a win. Like ourselves, Ormiston have been struggling and are low down in the league. So this is a chance for us to do something and we will be trying hard.”
Hawick are without suspended pair Gavin Watson and Sean Owens.
Gala Fairydean host league leaders Leith Athletic at Netherdale. Fresh from a good win over Berwick Rangers Reserves, the second-placed Fairies will be looking to shoot down the Edinburgh men.
Up in the top flight, Selkirk have a mountain to reclimb.
The Yarrow Park side’s dream start has turned into a nightmare since being instructed by the SFA to replay two matches due to having listed extra substitutes on their team sheet for games against Civil Service Strollers and Vale of Leithen.
This is a bitter blow for the Souters, who are involved in league action on Saturday, taking on Tynecastle at home.
Talking of the current situation, Selkirk central defender Jason Inglis, who has been in top form throughout the season, told TheSouthern: “We have dropped down the league due to what has happened as we have lost six points, and this is annoying.
“However, we will just have to get on with things, though, and really prove ourselves. A win over Tynecastle would be a good start. We beat Tynecastle in Edinburgh, but that means nothing, and I just hope we can do it again.”
Selkirk are at full strength.
In another Premier Division clash, Vale of Leithen meet Stirling University away from home.