Templeton looks to Vale for pain relief

Bryan Templeton of Gala Fairydean FC.

Bryan Templeton of Gala Fairydean FC.

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Gala Fairydean Rovers suffered greatly when falling to Preston Athletic in a Lowland League Cup match last Saturday, this defeat hurt and it hurt a lot.

This weekend however, the Netherdale outfit get the opportunity to ease some of the pain when they take on old rivals Vale of Leithen at home in another Lowland League Cup clash.

Talking of matters Gala assistant manager Bryan Templeton told TheSouthern: “The Preston result was a sore one alright.

“We didn’t start well and then things started to get even worse.

“The players just didn’t react and our performance was very disappointing.”

“We will just have to dust ourselves down and look back and try and work out what went wrong. Playing the Vale is a good game to come back to and get things sorted out.

“Doing well in the League Cup is very important to us and we are wanting to progress into the semi-finals so we will be looking for a win on Saturday.”

Gala are hoping to have central defender Fraser Forrest, who has missed out in their last two games, back in the squad.

Vale manager Chic McAleavey commented: “We had our first game for a while last Saturday against Selkirk and although we were a bit rusty, we pulled off a good win and could well have won by a lot more.

“In beating Selkirk we got our first points in the League Cup as it was our opening game and we will be looking to get more points on board in getting a win over Gala.

“The last time we played Gala we won 2-1.

“Gala were the better side in the first half but we came out on top in the second half and deserved to win.

“I think it is a bonus for Gala when they play on the astro turf but we can still do a job against them.”

Vale have a doubt with Eddie Mearns, who is on the injured list.

In another Lowland League Cup clash, Selkirk entertain Preston Athletic at Yarrow Park.

Having fallen to Burntisland Shipyard the week previous, Hawick Royal Albert get an early chance to gain revenge as they face the Fifers for the second time in seven days.

Albert Park being the venue this time around.

Hawick are without the suspended Sean Loughlin.

Kelso United tackle Duns at Woodside Park, while Peebles Rovers are at home to Eyemouth United.