Selkirk made to play matches again after subs error

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THE findings of an enquiry into Selkirk fielding too many substitutes in matches against Vale of Leithen and Civil Service Strollers earlier on in the season have gone against the Yarrow Park club.

Selkirk argued the case, saying that they had never received an updated rulebook and that they had checked on the number of substitutes allowed with match officials on both occasions.

However, following an appeal hearing at Hampden chaired by SFA vice-president Campbell Ogilvie last Friday, Selkirk chairman Jim Moody, secretary Sheree Davison and committee member Ross Anderson were told that Selkirk, who won both encounters, would have to play Vale and Strollers again, the first two results being void.

On Saturday, the Souters tackle the latter at Selkirk and will be looking to repeat the previous 3-1 victory.

Without a defeat in their last seven games, Vale bid to maintain this impressive run in taking on high-flying Spartans in an East of Scotland Premier Division clash at Victoria Park on Saturday. It’s a difficult task for the Innerleithen side, but having won their opening two games of the New Year – twice beating Preston Athletic – Vale are riding high.

Club secretary Alex Currie feels his side can get a result against Spartans and told TheSouthern: “We have won three and drawn four out of our last seven matches, and have moved up to fifth place in the league, so we must be doing something right.

“Like other sides we have had a long lay-off, but we played two games against Preston last week and won them both.

“I was impressed with the way we played in both these matches, and I think this has set us up well for the Spartans game. Spartans are a very good side, but we are at home, and we will definitely give them a hard game.

Vale have made a new signing in Paul Doohan who has been with Irish side Derry City and apart from having a doubt about Darren Gillan who is receiving treatment for an injury, are at full strength.

In the First Division, Peebles Rovers host Easthouses Lily at Whitestone Park.

Rovers manager Stuart Robertson said: “I was disappointed with the way we played in the second half against Hawick in the cup last week.

“After a good first half we lost all our shape. Full credit to Hawick for the way they battled, but we should have done better. I will be looking for a big improvement against Easthouses.”

Alan Chalmers and Ian Anderson return for Peebles.

Searching for their first win at home for two seasons, Hawick Royal Albert entertain Coldstream.

Reflecting on his side’s chances of laying their Albert Park bogey, Hawick coach Davie Aitkin told us: “Coldstream got relegated from the Premier Division last season. Since coming into the first division they haven’t done well, but will be expected to beat us on Saturday.

“We played well in the second half against Peebles last week, though, and if we can play the same way again, you never know what might happen.”

Clinton Sharkey, Ryan Shepherd and Kenny Hope are all back in the Albert squad.

Elsewhere, Gala Fairydean travel to face Berwick Rangers Reserves, while Kelso United also hit the road, meeting table-toppers Leith Athletic in Edinburgh.