Gala hope to go the distance at Dundee

GOOD away wins for Melrose and Gala at Aberdeen and Currie respectively last weekend helped the local sides keep the pressure on unbeaten Ayr at the top of the Premiership table, writes Fiona Scott.

This weekend, ’Rose stay at home where they entertain Boroughmuir while the Maroons have a tricky away trip to Dundee. The Netherdale side have confirmed that winger Gerald Sibanda dislocated a shoulder in Saturday’s win over Currie.

The new Zimbabwean was making his debut for the club, but lasted only 20 minutes, and was taken to hospital in Livingston. He later returned to the Borders and was due to go to the BGH on Monday.

“He will be out for three to four weeks,” said president George Marshall, “but it was an innocuous tackle and is just one of these things. He is here to play rugby, and this was unfortunate. But we just need to get on with it.”

Looking ahead to this week’s fixture, Marshall added: “Dundee haven’t been doing too well in the league so far, but they are a good team and will be desperate to turn their fortunes around. Hopefully they won’t do it against us on Saturday.

“We know we can win up there as we have done it before, so we have nothing to be worried about.”

In the National League, Hawick and Selkirk are breathing down the necks of the leaders and will be looking to secure home wins this weekend when entertaining Jed-Forest and Hamilton respectively. Kelso travel to play Hillhead/Jordanhill with an earlier kick-off time of 2.30pm.

A much-anticipated Championship Division B clash between Peebles and Hawick YM takes place at the Gytes. The Teries are sitting one place above the Peebles outfit in third, with only one point splitting the two sides.