Fairies favourite kicks off coaching career at Stow

GALA Fairydean have lost experienced utility man Paul Young, who has left Netherdale to take over as player/manager at Border Amateur League side Stow, writes Kenny Paterson.

The departure of the 27-year-old is a loss to manager Garry Fraser, as he attempts to improve Gala’s woeful run of form.

Fraser said: “I tried to talk him out of it and told him he was in his prime and should want to play at the highest level.

“But his mind was made up.”

Young takes over at Stow from Andrew Thompson, who resigned following his side’s 2-0 loss to Gala Hotspur in the Walls Cup earlier this month.

Thomas McCall of Stow said: “Paul has been keen to get into the coaching side of the game and decided that this was his chance.

“He knows Stow well, being an ex-player, and knows a lot of the players here through playing with them or helping coach them through the under-17s or 19s at Gala Fairydean.”

With the arctic weather conditions wiping out the entire East of Scotland League programme last Saturday, normal service hopefully will be resumed this weekend.

In the first division scene, Kelso United entertain Ormiston at Woodside Park.

Kelso manager ‘Prof’ Blaikie told TheSouthern: “We haven’t played Ormiston yet this season so I am not sure what to expect.

“Coldstream, who are top of the league, just managed to beat Ormiston the other week, so going by that, Ormiston must be a decent side. It’s a very tight league and we are middle table at the moment and I am quite happy with that. However, I would like to see our position improved, and to help do that we need three points on Saturday.”

The Tweedsiders are without Davie Richardson, but Callum Webb has returned to the club following a spell in amateur football.

Selkirk take on Peebles Rovers at Yarrow Park.

Souters midfield ace David Battle said: “Although we lost to Craigroyston in our last game we played very well and certainly did not deserve to lose.

“Results might not have gone our way this season, but we have a good squad and we go into this game confident of getting a win.”

Peebles team boss Jason Girdwood said: “I thought we did well to get a draw with Kelso in our last match.

“Kelso are an experienced side, while we are a team that is just starting to get built, so to pick up a point was good, especially away from home. We have another derby game against Selkirk and it’s another away game for us. Our performances are improving and we’ll be going all out to give a good account of ourselves.”

Rovers are without Peter Connachan and have doubts about injured pair John Manson and Craig Edgar.

In a switch from the original card, Hawick Royal Albert are now set to tangle with Gala Fairydean at Albert Park instead of Berwick Rangers Reserves away from home.

Hawick are without the banned Ryan Shepherd, while Fairydean have Marc Berry suspended.

Draw experts Vale of Leithen are scheduled to travel to Peffermill to face Edinburgh University in the premier division.

The students nestle two points ahead of the Vale in the lower half of the league table and it will be interesting to see who comes out top.