FOLLOWING their victory over Duns last weekend, Kelso United face near-neighbour opposition again on Saturday when tackling Coldstream at Home Park in an East of Scotland League first division encounter, writes John Slorance.
Looking ahead to the game, United manager ‘Prof’ Blaikie told TheSouthern: “I have been hearing a lot recently about how good a side Duns are, but we beat them for the second time this season last Saturday, so I guess that shows we must can play a bit. It was a good win for us and a lift for the Coldstream match. Coldstream are going quite well and beat us 5-4 recently. But I don’t worry about other teams – all I am interested in is what Kelso can do. If we play to our strengths, we can get a result.”
The Tweedsiders are hoping to have top scorer Derek Burnett back from injury. Goalkeeper David Simmonds and Jordan Lauder return to the squad, but Sean Angus is suspended.
Fresh from their opening victory of the season which was also their first home win for three years, Hawick Royal Albert travel to face Craigroyston at St Marks Park.
Albert manager Lawrie Dunn commented: “It was great to get a win over Ormiston and it’s a real boost for the players as well as the club. However, we won’t be getting carried away with ourselves. Craigroyston are one of the top teams in the league, while we are a team that is new and just starting out, so it will be a difficult game for us.”
Hawick are minus Andrew Maltman who is unavailable.
Having been involved in the glamour of the Scottish Cup last weekend, Gala Fairydean return to the bread and butter of league football – an away fixture at Easthouses Lily. Fairydean have Andrew Brown suspended.
Peebles Rovers also hit the road to tangle with Duns.
In the premier division, Vale of Leithen entertain Selkirk at Victoria Park. Vale are favourites and recently-appointed Selkirk manager Mike McKinnon told us: “We have been struggling to get a side in recent weeks due to being short of players.
“The boys that have been playing have been giving their all, but I am on the hunt to bring in new faces. I have signed two new players, Stuart Tait and Dean Boyne. They both came off the bench to play against Civil Service last Saturday and did okay, but neither of them are match fit. The pair of them are in the squad for the Vale match. It’s going to be yet another tough game for us, but we will be giving it our best shot.”
Elsewhere, Hawick High School’s all-conquering under-15 girls’ side is on the shortlist in the school sports category of the 2011 Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards.
Over the last 12 months the hugely-talented teenagers have claimed an incredible haul of silverware, including the national championships, while players Carly Noble, Brogan Anderson and Lauren Mackenzie have also earned caps for Scotland.
The girls beat off thousands of nominations and were revealed as finalists in the Sunday Mail.
The awards ceremony will take place in the Glasgow Thistle Hotel on Thursday, December 1, and be televised by STV and broadcast the following Sunday.
Nominees for other awards include Andy Murray, John Higgins and Dario Franchitti.