Football: A look ahead to the weekend action

Brian Allison
Brian Allison

It is the first full week in January and this weekend Vale of Leithen manager Mickey Lawson is crossing his fingers and wishing and hoping that he will be casting his eyes on pastures he has not seen since October.

Victoria Park, the home of the Innerleithen club is the setting that Lawson so dearly wants to take in.

For after weeks of being idle for one reason or another it would mean that the Vale would be having their first match for a long spell in meeting Spartans.

Looking ahead to this encounter Lawson said: “Hopefully the game will go ahead.

“It would be a good time to get Spartans as they had three players sent off against Edinburgh City last Saturday. These guys will all be suspended for this Saturdays match and will be missing.

“Spartans will have players to bring in as they have an East of Scotland side as well though.

“Although we haven’t been playing games we have been ticking over at training and the boys are just desperate to start playing again.”

Vale once more are without injured pair Kenny O’Brian and Jordan Gill.

Searching for their first win for some considerable time, Selkirk hit the road to tackle Dalbeattie Star.

Garry O’Connor’s troops have a tough mission ahead in their quest to get a result.

Having impressed greatly in their last outing when toppling high ranking Spartans away from home, Hawick Royal Albert visit Edinburgh again in facing Tynecastle at Saughton Enclosure.

Following the recent signing of Daryl Johnson, whose previous clubs include Dunfermline Athletic and Falkirk. Hawick have boosted their squad further in fixing up ex-Falkirk and Stirling Albion defender Brian Allison.

Twenty seven year old Allison made headline news on the Scottish football scene in 2012 in scoring a winning goal for Stirling against Glasgow Rangers.

His strike was extra special as it earned Stirling the bragging rights of being the first third division side to defeat Rangers since the Ibrox side joined the lower league.

In another East of Scotland League clash, Peebles travel to Home Park to tangle with Coldstream.