Southern sides confident as Hampden quest begins

Ross King, in blue, was among the goalscorers at Yarrow Park last Saturday as Selkirk beat East Stirlingshire 7-4 (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

Ross King, in blue, was among the goalscorers at Yarrow Park last Saturday as Selkirk beat East Stirlingshire 7-4 (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

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Four Borders sides are embarking on the long trip to Hampden on Saturday as the William Hill Scottish Cup gets underway.

Beginning their journey are Gala Fairydean Rovers, Hawick Royal Albert, Selkirk and Vale of Leithen.

With confidence high after last weekend’s remarkable 7-4 triumph over East Stirlingshire, Lowland League Selkirk host one of the most gifted and respected junior sides in the game, Linlithgow Rose.

Assistant coach at Yarrow Park, Joe Brown, appealed for a big turnout on the day: “They have a good cup pedigree but it’s a good tie for us and we’d like to think a lot of people in the Selkirk area would come out and support their local club.

“It’s the first round of the cup – it’s the road to Hampden.

“We will turn up and give as good an account of ourselves as we can. The character we showed against East Stirling will help our confidence against Linlithgow.”

Gala FR host Highland League outfit Fraserburgh at Netherdale.

Gala manager Bruce Noble said: “We have not had Fraserburgh watched but we do know they are a good Highland League side.

“We are at home though, and Fraserburgh have a long trip ahead of them in coming to the Borders to play. All of this is in our favour.

“If we can keep the ball down and play to our capabilities, I am confident of us getting a win. Our guys will have to be switched on and completely focused, though, but we have the players to do just that.”

Vale of Leithen visit Lowland League leaders East Kilbride, who have eight wins out of eight to their credit.

Vale manager Chris Anderson said: “East Kilbride are a very good side. However, you just have to take what you get in a cup draw.

“We are in good form ourselves, as we have won four games in a row, and go into the match with confidence.

“It’s a special occasion to be playing in the Scottish Cup and we are looking forward to it.”

Hawick Royal Albert travel to Edinburgh to take on Civil Service Strollers and Albert team boss Dean Shanks said: “The rewards and riches to make it into the second round of the Scottish are immense and we will be going all out to achieve this.”

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