Fairydean look to do some crowd pleasing in Saturday evening fixture

Lee Zavaroni in black and yellow for Peebles Rovers against Hawick Royal Albert at The Gytes.
Lee Zavaroni in black and yellow for Peebles Rovers against Hawick Royal Albert at The Gytes.

Without a match for the past two weeks, Gala Fairydean Rovers return to action on Saturday evening when taking on Stirling University in a Lowland League encounter, writes John Slorance.

A bigger crowd than normal is expected to be at the game due to the invasion of the groundhoppers. For the groundhoppers, fans who attend games at as many different grounds as possible, are coming out in force.

Talking of the groundhoppers visit to Netherdale, Gala manager Steven Noble told TheSouthern: “There are buses coming from places like London and Cardiff.

“It’s an organised trip and the groundhoppers are going to be taking in Lowland League games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We are expecting more than 200 of them and this is great news for us as it will bring in extra revenue to the club.”

Reflecting on the game itself Noble added: “Although we haven’t played a great deal of games, we haven’t been beaten at Netherdale since October, so we will be looking to keep this run going.

“In our last three home games we have played very well, beating Selkirk, Dalbeattie Star and Threave Rovers. It will be difficult against Stirling – they are a good side and beat us 2-1 at Stirling with a win that they deserved.

“We have a few players coming back from injury so we will be more or less at full strength for the game.”

The match kicks off at 7pm.

Elsewhere in the Lowland League, Selkirk entertain Spartans, while Vale of Leithen host Preston Athletic.

Peebles Rovers were down to the bare bones in their last outing against Hawick Royal Albert when having only 11 players.

This weekend Peebles face Eyemouth United at home and speaking of matters, Rovers manager John O’Hara said: “Thankfully we have guys returning to the squad.

“It’s a game we will be looking to win to keep our unbeaten league record going. Eyemouth may be down in the lower part of the league but they are a gritty side and I am expecting a hard game.”

Hawick Royal Albert tackle Ormiston at Albert Park and Kelso United face Heriot Watt at home.