High-flying Vale and Gala set to meet in mid-air


Vale of Leithen hit the high spots last Saturday when toppling the mighty Spartans in the South Challenge Cup.

This weekend, Vale meet another side who are flying high – Gala Fairydean Rovers – in the Lowland League Cup.

Gala have set the heather alight in their past two outings, having rattled away 10 goals in merited victories over Dalbeattie Star and Selkirk.

Therefore, this forthcoming encounter has all the makings of being a red-hot affair.

Reflecting on his side’s current situation, Vale manager Mark Lamb told The Southern: “We gave our best performance of the season against Spartans and were particularly good in the opening 45 minutes.

“It was a great result for us as it’s always nice to beat a big club like Spartans.

“Our main aim this season is to remain in the Lowland League, so Saturday’s match against Gala is a little distraction from the pressure of this and I will be giving players who have not been getting a regular place game time.”

Lamb added: “We have made three new signings – former Berwick Rangers player Grant McNichol and two young players, Sean Elliot and Shaun Stevens, from Salvesen – and I am hoping to sign a fourth.”

With two teams out of the three qualifying for the League Cup quarter-finals from the Borders section, Gala just need a draw away to Vale to guarantee their place in the draw for the last eight.

After being demolished 5-0 by Gala Fairydean Rovers, Selkirk will be wanting to ease the pain and get back on the right track in their home Lowland League encounter with East Kilbride.

Struggling Hawick Royal Albert entertain Duns in an East of Scotland League First Division encounter at Albert Park.

Talking ahead of the match, Hawick coach Alan McKenzie commented: “We had a few players missing in our last game against Coldstream, but they will be back for the Duns match.

“It’s always tough against Duns, but we have home advantage and hopefully this will make the difference and we will get the three points that we desperately need.”

Kelso United face Burntisland Shipyard at Woodside Park, while Peebles Rovers travel to the seaside to take on Eyemouth United.

z History was made at the Gala Fairydean Rovers v Selkirk Lowland League Cup tie on Saturday when the newly-introduced refereeing aid, vanishing spray, was used at the 3G Arena for the first time.

Michael Banks was the man in the middle.