Souters set for South Cup sizzler

THE first round of the South of Scotland Cup takes place on Saturday – and some intriguing-looking ties are set to take place.

None more so than the derby meeting of old rivals Selkirk and Gala Fairydean Rovers at Netherdale.

Adding extra spice to a game that has all the ingredients of a red-hot affair is the fact that Selkirk have recently appointed manager Steve Forrest.

“You could say I have been chucked into the frying pan,” he told The Southern.

“Gala will be favourites to get a win. It’s a game, however, that I am really looking forward to and, in fact, it can’t come quick enough.”

Selkirk have released Johnny Watt, but Forrest is hoping to sign a handful of players to his squad in the coming weeks.

Gala manager Steven Noble commented: “Selkirk might not have been going well, but they have a new manager and the players will want to prove themselves.”

Gala have Stuart Noble fit while Kyle Collins, Jason Inglis and Allan Nicol are hoping to be injury free.

Hawick Royal Albert and Kelso United have home ties against Leith Athletic and Duns respectively.