WITH the festive period now well and truly over the East of Scotland League football scene gets underway once more this Saturday.
Peebles Rovers and Kelso United kick off the New Year in facing each other in a first division encounter at Whitestone Park.
Looking ahead to the match, Peebles manager John O’Hara told TheSouthern: “Our ground has been hit quite badly with all the rain we have been having but hopefully it will be playable for Saturday.
“We played Kelso earlier in the season and it was a 0-0 draw. Both sides just cancelled each other out, since then we have picked up in momentum and Kelso have been doing okay as well. We had a bounce game against an amateur side last Saturday which we won and it was a good work out for us.”
Kelso team boss Prof Blaikie commented, “We have been kept busy in having played friendly games with Border Amateur teams Chirnside United and Ancrum and won both matches. All of our squad who were available got run outs. The two games served their purpose.”
United are at full strength.
Reflecting on his sides home meeting with Burntisland Shipyard, Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick said: “Burntisland are a much better team than their league position suggests so we know it will be a very hard and keenly contested match.
“We have been training throughout the festive period and I know my players are desperate to get back to competitive games. Prior to the break we had been playing some very good football but did not always have the best of luck in matches.
“If we continue to play like that though, the results will come.”
Hawick field recent capture Graeme Young from Dalkeith Juniors.
Elsewhere Vale of Leithen take on Selkirk in the Lowland League Cup at Victoria Park while, in the same competition, Gala Fairydean travel to Prestonpans to face Preston Athletic.