ON PAPER, following Selkirk’s big loss at Kelso last Saturday and the fact that the Tweedsiders were beaten comfortably by Jed-Forest the week before, you would expect it to be a runaway victory for the Royal Blues when the two clash at Philiphaugh this weekend.
Not the case. There’s pride at stake here and, as we all know by now, in local derbies nothing is ever taken for granted.
Selkirk team manager Brian Cassidy told TheSouthern: “I have no doubt at all that the whole of the Selkirk squad will be up for this game on Saturday.
“We have done a lot of talking this week and put in a lot of hard work. They know they didn’t perform against Kelso last week and we know we let people down, and that is something we are addressing.”
Also in Premier Two, Kelso and Peebles head west where they will play Biggar and West of Scotland respectively. Both Borders outfits notched wins at home last weekend and will be looking to take their good form away with them.
Elsewhere, the big two in Premier One are on the road this weekend. Melrose head to Bridgehaugh, where Stirling County will be looking to avenge their defeat at the hands of another Borders side last weekend. And that very club, Gala, travel to Raeburn Place to play Edinburgh Accies.
There are only two points separating the two Borders outfits at the moment and both will be looking to bag as many points as possible before they meet in their November 5 clash at Netherdale in a fortnight.
Before that, however, both teams are concentrating on matters in hand and after being pushed close by Hawick last weekend, the Greenyards team are looking for a turn in form for this weekend’s road trip.
Melrose president John Reed said: “We keep saying that it is good to keep winning when we are playing poorly, and I’m sure that this is merely a phase that will pass. Some day soon, one of our opponents is going to be in line for a real beating.”
Gala coach George Graham also feels his team have more to offer.
He said: “To be in this position not really having played that well is surprising.”
Also in the top flight, struggling Hawick are still looking to record their first victory who this weekend take on Currie at Mansfield Park.
The rudderless ship is still paddling on regardless and the temporary team of John Johnstone and Jim Renwick seem to have made some headway, enough to give table-topping Melrose a short sharp shock, anyway.
Club secretary John Thorburn told us: “We have looked through all the applications and things are progressing. We have narrowed it down to two prospective candidates and will be looking at these further this week.
“In the meantime, John and Jim will carry on with their current roles at the club.”