Busy weekend of football action ahead

Gala Fairydean Rovers start their new Scottish Lowland Football League bid this Saturday when they travel to Alliance Park in Motherwell to face Caledonian Braves, with kick-off at 3pm.
Gala Fairydean Rovers striker Zander MurrayGala Fairydean Rovers striker Zander Murray
Gala Fairydean Rovers striker Zander Murray

Season 2022-23 will represent the first full term in charge for Gala Fairydean manager Martin Scott, who has been in charge since January after former gaffer Neil Hastings quit the club to take on a new coaching post at Scottish Premiership side Livingston.

Under Scott’s guidance in the second half of last term, Gala ended up finishing in 13th position as they ultimately accumulated a total of 37 points from their 34 league matches.

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This Saturday’s opponents Braves – managed by Ricky Waddell – finished four positions higher than the Galashiels outfit in the 2021-22 standings, ending with 53 points from their 34 games.

Rovers’ preparations for the new season continued in disappointing fashion last Saturday when they were defeated 6-0 at Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts in a pre-season friendly match.

See back page for more information in an exclusive interview with Martin Scott.

Meanwhile, fellow local side Vale of Leithen – who were relegated from the Lowland League last season – were defeated 4-2 in a pre-season friendly match at Craigroyston at Forrester High School in Edinburgh last Saturday.

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Vale have another friendly this Saturday at home to Edinburgh South which kicks off at 3pm. Vale’s first game of the 2022-23 East of Scotland Premier Division is at home to Broxburn Athletic on Saturday, July 30.