SELKIRK are anchored at the foot of the East of Scotland premier division table and have yet to win a league game this season, writes John Slorance.
Within the Yarrow Park club, however, there is a belief that while they are still breathing and while there is life, there is hope.
This Saturday, the Souters meet Edinburgh University away from home and manager Mike McKinnon told TheSouthern: “I think we can turn things round for the better. Progress may have been slow, but we are starting to get it together and our attitude is good. It will be hard going on Saturday as they are on a good run at the moment, but we will be going to Edinburgh with the right approach.”
McKinnon selects from a full-strength squad.
Following their exit from the East of Scotland League Cup at the hands of Whitehill Welfare, Vale of Leithen return to league business with a home match against Tynecastle.
Peebles Rovers are scheduled to face Coldstream in the second round of the King Cup at Whitestone Park in a game that has been postponed twice.
Peebles manager Stuart Robertson said: “We are having problems with our pitch because of the drainage, games have been put off and it’s been very frustrating. We are desperate to play.”
Rovers are without Raymond Fleming, Ronald Fleming and Jimmy Telfer.
In the First Division Gala Fairydean host Berwick Rangers Reserves at Netherdale.
Gala boss Fraser Lothian said: “They are a decent side and dangerous up front, and I am expecting a hard game. I may have to bring in some new faces as Jay Wilson and Bruce Hunter are both suspended and we still have a few injuries.”
Bidding for their fourth game without a defeat, Hawick Royal Albert tackle Craigroyston at home. New faces Darren Thomson and Jay Patereck are included in the Hawick squad.
Kelso United have Jordan Lauder banned for their Woodside Park clash with Preston Athletic.