Dingers boss can’t wait

Duns FC manager Neil Oliver is relishing the prospect of managing an East of Scotland side next season.

The club’s application to rejoin the league after nearly 40 years away was accepted at the league’s AGM last Thursday.

Oliver said the step up was “massive” for the club.

“I’m really, really pleased for everyone. Myself, all the players and everyone that helps, the committee, the town – everyone,” he said.

“Now we’re in a new, bigger, stronger league – there’s some good players and it will be a great challenge for us.”

The Dingers’ application included letters of support from Hibs Football Club and Lothian and Borders Police.

Oliver added: “I’m already thinking of looking into the Scottish Cup criteria. It’s important that we keep moving forward, I don’t think we should stand still.”

Chairman Andy Simpson added: “We’re very pleased that we’ve been accepted into the league.

“We’ve always wanted to be back there, but I didn’t think it would happen soon – I have been involved with the East of Scotland league before and I know of teams who haven’t got in.”

Meanwhile, Hawick Royal Albert have been fined £700 by the Scottish Football Association for their poor disciplinary record during last season.

It was the largest fine for any club outwith the SPL and SFL leagues.

Vale of Leithen were also punished with a £250 penalty, while Peebles Rovers were commended for their fair play during 2010/11.