A look ahead to this weekend’s football action

Gala manager Steven Noble talks with Kyle Hogg before last week's  match.
Gala manager Steven Noble talks with Kyle Hogg before last week's match.

Gala Fairydean Rovers ended up on the wrong end of the result in their home Lowland League encounter with Stirling University last Saturday.

This weekend they find themselves locking horns with the students in a South of Scotland Challenge Cup clash at Stirling.

Can Fairydean Rovers turn the tables and gain revenge, is the question being asked.

Gala manager, Steven Noble feels his troops can well do this and told TheSouthern: “We lost two early goals against Stirling in the last match and had an uphill fight after this.

“In the second half we got back into the game though and if we can perform the same way for 90 minutes this Saturday we can do something.

“At the moment we are going through a wee bit of a bad run in having lost some games and the players need to start believing in themselves more. I have plenty of faith in our squad though and I am confident we will turn things around.

“A win would lift spirits and it’s a win we will be going for.”

Apart from having Dean McColm missing, Gala are otherwise at full strength.

In the same competition Vale of Leithen travel to Edinburgh to face Spartans.

Hawick Royal Albert entertain Hibernian EOS at Albert Park in a first division tussle.

Nine places separate the two sides in the league table, and nine goals separated the two sides when they met earlier in the season, Hibernian emerging 9-0 victors.

Bottom of the league Hawick will have to produce something extra special to get any kind of a result against the table topping capital side.

The Albert have Sean Loughlin back from suspension, but following his red carding against Edinburgh University, Graeme Young is serving a ban.

In the Lowland League, basement boys Selkirk are at home to Whitehill Welfare.