Gala look to be at their best for derby cup clash

Selkirk v Vale of Leithen. David Battle prepares to attack.
Selkirk v Vale of Leithen. David Battle prepares to attack.
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Vale of Leithen and Gala Fairydean Rovers met in a Lowland League match two weeks ago at Netherdale, with the Innerleithen men emerging 3-2 victors.

This Saturday the two sides cross swords in a Lowland League Cup encounter at Victoria Park.

Looking ahead to the clash, Vale secretary Alec Currie told The Southern: “It looks like it’s going to be a very interesting game.

“Gala played some braw football in the last game and indeed played us off the park in the first half. We broke them down in the second half and managed to get a win, but it was close.”

Fairydean Rovers will be going all out to gain revenge and Gala team boss Steven Noble said: “I was pleased with our win over Preston Athletic last Saturday as we played some good football.

“It was a happy dressing room after the match as the players had got a boost with the win and we shall be taking this into the Vale match.

“I missed out on the last game, but I believe there was nothing in it and I am expecting a similar type of match on Saturday. It’s a league cup match with the section winners going into the semi-finals of the cup.

“There is a lot to play for as we like to do well in everything that we play in. We will have to be at our best to get a result against the Vale, but we are capable of doing this.”

Gala hope to have David Bonnar and Dean McColm free from injury, while the Netherdale club have added to their squad by bringing in Andy Hardie and Bob Noble from the amateur football ranks.

In the same section, Selkirk hit the road to take on Preston Athletic at Pennypit Park.

The Souters have yet another new signing within their rapidly-growing squad this week in the form of former Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale striker Christopher Rooney.

The youngster played last week in the abandoned game against Vale of Leithen and is eager to get going again after signing up for the Yarrow Park outfit on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Hawick Royal Albert welcome Duns to Albert Park in the East of Scotland League Cup.

The Albert include new signing Graeme Young, formerly of Easthouses Lily and Dalkeith Juniors; skipper Michael McKenzie returns from suspension; while Nicky Cairns is still serving out a ban.

Striker Peter Keenan, who was Albert’s joint-top goal scorer last season, has been released at his own request.

Peebles Rovers travel to face Easthouses Lily.