Business as usual for Lowland lads

FOOTBALL in the East of Scotland League scene is presently at a standstill due to the break period, writes John Slorance.

In the Lowland League, however, it is business as usual and this weekend Gala Fairydean Rovers, Selkirk and Vale of Leithen are all poised for action.

The three Borders sides kick off the New Year in the League Cup competition, which brings about the meeting of Gala and Selkirk at Netherdale. The two old rivals should have clashed last Saturday, but the match was postponed due to Selkirk being unable to raise a side because of injuries and illness.

Gala manager Steven Noble told The Southern: “We got off to a good start in the League Cup, beating Preston Athletic, and this was very encouraging. The winners of the sections qualify for the semi-finals and we are hoping to achieve this. Selkirk have been picking up since they got a new manager, so we are expecting a tough game.”

Vale of Leithen, who are in the same group as Gala and Selkirk, tackle Preston Athletic at Victoria Park and team boss Chic McAleavey said: “It will be a difficult game against Preston, but we have home advantage so I will be looking for a win.”