Borders clubs fancy a cup

VALE of Leithen, Gala Fairydean, Selkirk and Kelso United all have their sights on silverware this weekend, writes John Slorance.

The four Border clubs are all poised to be in action in the second round of the East of Scotland League Cup competition.

Talking of his side’s away clash with Preston Athletic, Vale secretary Alec Currie told TheSouthern: “Despite having top players Kerr Dodds and Darren Gillon missing last Saturday we got an excellent win over Civil Service Strollers.

“At the moment we are playing some very good football and getting results, and if we keep this up we could do well in the cup.

“For the past three seasons the Vale have reached a cup final, so it would be nice to be able to do this again. We have already beaten Preston twice at Prestonpans this season, so, hopefully, we can make it a hat-trick of wins on Saturday.”

Having tasted success in pulling off their first cup triumph for five seasons when toppling Eyemouth United two weeks back, Gala Fairydean bid to make it two in a row in their home meeting with Leith Athletic.

Fairydean will have to pull something special out of the bag to get the better of the high-flying Leith side who have lost only one league game this season.

The Dean, however, are at Netherdale and Gala boss Fraser Lothian will have his men tuned in to do their job.

Selkirk host Heriot Watt University at Yarrow Park. Away from the pressures of fighting relegation, they could well get a win that would give them a real boost.

Jonathan Waugh is back from suspension for Kelso United’s visit to Civil Service Strollers, but Mark Lockhart is out for the Tweedsiders as he is suspended for one game.

Peebles Rovers travel to Edinburgh to tackle Craigroyston in a First Division league match at St Mark’s Park.

Edged out by Leith Athletic in a cup tie in their last outing, Rovers will be hoping for a change of fortunes and Peebles manager Stuart Robertson told us: “We have picked up 26 points so far this season, which is quite amazing considering the bad start we had.

“My target is 30 points, so we need a win over Craigroyston as games are now starting to run out.”

Peebles welcome back James Howe and James Innes.

In another First Division outing, Hawick Royal Albert face Easthouses Lily at Albert Park.

Hawick’s Sean Owens is serving a one-match ban, while Malcolm Cooper returns from suspension.