Gala Fairydean Rovers facing Highlanders in first round of Scottish Cup this weekend
The Borderers are at home to Scottish Highland Football League outfit Thistle and that first-round tie kicks off at Netherdale in Galashiels at 3pm.
Manager Martin Scott’s side go into their first game for a fortnight sitting tenth in the Scottish Lowland Football League, on 14 points from ten fixtures, with their visitors, from Grantown-on-Spey in Moray, bottom of their fellow fifth-tier division, also made up of 18 teams, having lost their first six fixtures of the current campaign.
Winger Danny Galbraith is relishing the prospect of another cup run as his side seek a second piece of silverware in their current incarnation following claiming the East of Scotland Cup in Midlothian in March.
Rovers went out of the Scottish Cup at the first time of asking last September, losing 4-1 at home to East of Scotland Football League premier division side Sauchie Juniors, but Galbraith is hoping they can avoid an early exit this time round.
“The first round of the Scottish Cup is always a key date you look forward to in the calendar and all you can really hope for ever is a home draw and we’re thankful we’ve got that, so we now need to make sure there are no hiccups like there were last year,” said the 33-year-old.
“It’s a game we’re really looking forward to, but, at the end of the day, as we saw last year, there are no givens.
“We had a poor result last year and went out early doors and we can’t afford for that to happen again this year.”
“it’s nice to avoid teams in the same league as you as you’re all well known to each other