Derby-day rivals raring to go head-to-head at Yarrow Park

Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Stevie Noble and Selkirk manager Steve Forrest go head to head on Saturday.
Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Stevie Noble and Selkirk manager Steve Forrest go head to head on Saturday.
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Following midweek encounters, Selkirk, Gala Fairydean Rovers and Vale of Leithen are poised to return to Saturday action.

Selkirk and Gala face up to each other at Yarrow Park in a derby clash that has all the makings of being a thrilling affair.

Expressing his views on the forthcoming duel between the two old rivals, Souters manager Steve Forrest told The Southern: “After getting the season off to a great start, we stumbled against Edinburgh City and BSC Glasgow, but we have a side that can pick themselves up.

“It will be a tricky game against Gala – they are a very decent team, but they don’t like playing on grass.

“We had a big win over them early last season, but towards the end they beat us. However, our team on that occasion was mainly made up of trialists and it will be a completely different Selkirk side that Gala will play on Saturday.”

Fairydean boss Steven Noble said: “Selkirk have a few new players, such as Gary O’Connor.

“They have had some good results, seem to be a good side and no doubt will fancy themselves against us.

“We will have to knuckle down, then get a result, but I have a squad that is capable of doing this.”

Vale of Leithen take on Gretna 2008 at Victoria Park.

Talking of his side’s current situation, Vale team boss Mark Lamb told us: “Considering we had only a squad of 11, it was great to get a draw against Dalbeattie Star last Saturday.

“It was a game we came close to winning though as we were a goal up until Dalbeattie got a last-minute equaliser. Our form is improving, but we are a young side and will take a few knocks during the season, but we will get there.”

Included in the Vale squad for their meeting with Gretna is Ian Little.

Little, 40, who scored a goal against Dalbeattie Star, was manager of Berwick Rangers when Lamb was team boss of the Berwick reserves.

Little is helping the Vale out as a player, as well as doing some coaching.

Hawick Royal Albert are minus the suspended Michael McKenzie for their home meeting with Burntisland Shipyard.

Kelso United host Ormiston.