Clyde-killing Spartans hold no fear for Noble’s men

Steven Noble manager of Gala Fairydean FC.
Steven Noble manager of Gala Fairydean FC.

Spartans did the Lowland League proud, taking the scalp of Barry Ferguson’s Clyde in the third round of the Scottish Cup, writes John Slorance.

But the Edinburgh outfit holds no fear for Gala Fairydean Rovers boss Steven Noble – and the Netherdale men are gunning for the giantkillers in a league match at Ainslie Park.

Noble told The Southern: “We gave our best show for a while against Preston Athletic in our last game. There was a big improvement all round, and although it was good to pick up a point, I thought we did enough to win the game.

“We have a tough match ahead of us against Spartans, who are the league champions and showed they are a quality side by beating Clyde.

“We are inclined to play better against the top teams, though, and we are starting to get players who have been missing back in the squad.”

Selkirk take on Stirling University at home.

Vale of Leithen entertain East Kilbride at Victoria Park.

Vale manager Mark Lamb said: “East Kilbride beat us 3-0 on their own park and are a very useful side. However, we are starting to get things together and have been hitting a bit of form. We must be in with a very reasonable chance of getting a result.”

Vale have added to their squad by fixing up former player Scott Devlin.

In the East of Scotland First Division, Hawick Royal Albert tackle Eyemouth United at Albert Park. The Fishermen beat Albert 5-4 two weeks ago in a somewhat tousy affair.

Hawick are without the suspended Gordon Ramsay.

Peebles Rovers travel to face Burntisland Shipyard, while Kelso United tackle Heriot-Watt University at Woodside Park.