Frustrated Peebles boss O’Hara calls for end to winter lay-off

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Action returns to East of Scotland footballing circles on Saturday with some interesting First Division matches for Borders sides, writes John Slorance.

League leaders Peebles Rovers take on second-placed Ormiston at Recreation Park and manager John O’Hara told The Southern: “It’s a very important game for both clubs.

“We have already played Ormiston three times this season and have beaten them twice. They are a strong, physical side and know how to score goals, and are difficult to beat.

“It’s going to be good to get back playing again after the lay-off, which I find a bit frustrating because at the end of the season we will be playing on Saturdays as well as during the week to get games in. The Lowland League has continued playing and so should the East of Scotland.”

At the other end of the chart, basement boys Kelso United and Hawick Royal Albert are set to cross swords at Woodside Park.

Tweedsiders’ manager ‘Prof’ Blaikie said: “I am trying to bring in new players and had a few trialists out against Gordon last Saturday in a friendly match which we won 4-1.

“This was a good workout for us and I was quite pleased with what I saw, and there will be at least two trialists in the squad for the Hawick game.

“Andrew Oldham, a promising young player from Kelso Thistle who has come through the town’s youth scheme, will also be in the pool.”

United are without suspended pair Darren Bowie and Dean Boyne, while Hawick have goalkeeper Martin Stewart injured. Michael McKenzie is suspended and Gary Shillinglaw is doubtful.