Ogilvie plays down pre-match drama

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VALE of Leithen returned to the fray last Saturday following five weeks without a game and toppled Stirling University, writes John Slorance.

It was an excellent win for them, also quite a remarkable one considering there was a dramatic exodus of players just before kick-off.

Taking up the story, Vale manager Fraser Ogilvie told us: “There has been a lot happening within the team recently and shortly before the match was about to start, there was a big disagreement on certain issues.

“Due to this, three players walked out on the club. This cut us down to the bare bones and I had to go on the bench. It was all a bit of a nightmare, but these things sometimes happen in football.

“Everything seemed to be going against us, but we went out and got a fantastic win. I was thrilled with the players’ attitude and the commitment they showed. There were a few new guys in the team and they all showed up well.”

On Saturday, Vale host Civil Service Strollers at Victoria Park, while in the First Division, Kelso bid to take their second big scalp in succession in tackling promotion-seeking Leith Athletic at Woodside Park. See fixtures on page 78.