Jed and Kelso up for firecracker derby at Poynder

PREMIER DIVISION TWO has thrown up a plethora of local derbies over the last few weeks and Saturday will be no different as Jed-Forest travel the short distance to Poynder Park to take on local rivals Kelso, writes Fiona Scott.

Considering their lofty second-place position, some could forgive the Riverside outfit for feeling confident ahead of the game – their opponents are currently in eighth place. However, as far as Kelso president Stewart Wallace is concerned, the sides are evenly matched and supporters can look forward to a closely fought encounter.

He told TheSouthern: “It’s a huge game for us. Both teams are going well at the moment and I think we can look forward to a good game. The weather is supposed to be dry and warm which will suit us and it should make it exciting to watch into the bargain.”

Also in the second division, Selkirk continue their struggle to push their way into the top half of the league. Having ground out a narrow victory over Biggar last weekend, the Souters make the journey to Glasgow on Saturday where they will be hoping to clinch an away win over West of Scotland.

Table-propping Peebles have a chance to notch their second victory when they face fellow stragglers Hillhead/Jordanhill, who have yet to record a win.

The Glasgow outfit are two points ahead of Peebles, having notched six bonus points in their opening five fixtures, but Gerry McGuiness’s men have home advantage and will be aiming to hop off the foot of the table.

In the top flight, Melrose are bidding to keep their unbeaten run going when they take on Boroughmuir at the Greenyards, while Gala are gearing up to leapfrog second-placed Dundee HSFP when the two sides clash at Netherdale.

Struggling Hawick are looking to turn their fortunes around when they play Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place.

Elsewhere, South of Scotland manager Richie Gray and his coaches Craig Chalmers and John Dalziel (both Melrose) have announced a 35-man squad to attend two training sessions prior to the high-profile match against the Barbarians at Hawick’s Mansfield Park on Tuesday, October 11 (kick-off 4pm).

All club coaches in the Borders were consulted prior to drawing up the squad that will have training sessions at Gala on September 28 and Melrose on October 5.

Full squad: Backs – Fraser Thomson (M), Lee Millar (G), Neil Warnock (P), Fraser Harkness (S), Alan Dodds (M), Scott McCormick (M), Jamie Murray (M), Richard Minto (K), Gary Johnstone (H), Joe Helps (M), Scott Henry (S), Lewis Young (J), Andrew Skeene (M), Gavin Craig (S), Gregor Young (J), Greg Cottrell (H) and George Graham (G).

Forwards – Bruce McNeil (H), Nicky Little (H), Matt Landels (H), Richard Ferguson (M), Lindsay Gibson (H), Neil Darling (S), Gary Holborn (M), Sean Linton (H), Robert Ferguson (J), Rory Aglen (S), Graham Dods (M), Gary Graham (G), Andrew Renwick (S), John Dalziel (M), Grant Runciman (M), Darren Gillespie (J), Euan Dodds (G), Ross Millar (M), Andrew Nagle (J) and Gary Elder (M).

More information about the game is available from John Thorburn on 07929 655132 or john@billmclarenfoundation.co.uk