Gala coach George Graham now knows that his charges will have to raise their game considerably when they face Currie at Malleny Park on Saturday.
“We’re a million miles from where we want to be,” he said after his team’s narrow victory over Kelso in last weekend’s Booker Border League encounter.
“After the games we lost against the three top teams, I was hoping that the break would help us. We’ve been working really hard over the past 10 days but we didn’t show the results today.”
Quite apart from their propensity to commit errors, Gala, for much of the game, lacked creativity in midfield and it may be that Graham will have to look to a different back line formation. On the positive side, however, teenager Keith Young, wing Scott Wilkinson and Euan Dods at number 8 all put in strong performances.
Elsewhere this weekend, Melrose face Stirling County at home, while Hawick travel to play Heriot’s at Goldenacre.
Battle commences in the National League with a derby clash between table-toppers Selkirk and Kelso.
Selkirk coach Cameron Cochrane told us: “Everything is positive for us as we go back into the league.
“We have players coming back from injury and the team have great belief in themselves.”
Jed-Forest are at home to Biggar, while Peebles travel to Inverleith to play Stewart’s Melville FP.