New manager, new team, new committee, new look – it’s all happening for Peebles Rovers.
And if last Saturday’s big win over Duns is anything to go by, it could well be a new beginning for the Whitestone Park club.
Talking ahead of his side’s Image Printers Cup tie against Craigroyston, first-term Rovers manager John O’Hara, who had a brief spell as Gala Fairydean team boss last season, told The Southern: “There are only two guys from last season in the squad.
“A lot of new players have been brought in, but it’s going to take time for them to gel. Things are not going to happen overnight, but the foundations are being set.
“A lot is going on behind the scenes as well as we have eight new committee members. We are taking small strides, but we are taking strides in the right direction.
“I was very happy with our performance against Duns. It was the first time we had really managed to get a full squad together and we pulled off a good win. It will be a big test for us against Craigroyston, but we are all looking forward to the match.”
Hawick Royal Albert travel to face Eyemouth United in another tie. Glancing ahead to this one, Albert coach John Fettes said: “We have won two games on the bounce and it’s been a long time since Hawick last did this. There is a different atmosphere within the side this season. Some issues may have to be sorted, but we are getting results and there is a good atmosphere within the squad.
“I think we can play even better and although it’s an old cliché, we will be taking every game as it comes. I know things can go wrong, but they say winning breeds confidence and this is working for us.
“Eyemouth have had a mixed start to the season and are a good solid side, but we will be looking to make it three in a row.”
Selkirk get a break from Lowland League football to play in the Image Printers Cup. The Yarrow Park men have a difficult task on their hands, though, meeting fellow Lowland League side, Gretna 2008 at home.
In the Lowland League, Gala Fairydean Rovers entertain Preston Athletic at Netherdale, while Vale of Leithen travel to face East Kilbride.