Jekyll and Hyde side Gala head south with hope

Galafairydean Rovers vs Gretna 2008.  Dean McColm on the ball for Gala.
Galafairydean Rovers vs Gretna 2008. Dean McColm on the ball for Gala.

Following their Wednesday evening clash with Vale of Leithen, Gala Fairydean Rovers return to the fray on Saturday, taking a trip south to face Threave Rovers in a Lowland League clash.

Rovers’ Dean McColm, who notched the winning goal for the Netherdale side in Gala’s recent 3-2 triumph over Leith Athletic, said: “Our form has been a bit mixed as we have been a little inconsistent.

“One week we play out of our skins and really impress, and then the next we are not so brilliant.

“We have had good wins, though, such as beating East Kilbride, and on our day, we are as good as any side in the league.”

Hawick man McColm added: “It’s a long way to Threave, but I am used to travelling to matches now as there is never a home game for me.

“I think we could do well against Threave and it would be nice to come away with three points.”

Vale of Leithen, who chalked up their first win of the season when toppling Cumbernauld Colts last Saturday, entertain East Kilbride at Victoria Park.

Vale vice-chairman Stuart Robertson, who is still fizzing over the side’s 1-0 loss to Wigtown and Bladnoch in the Scottish Cup two weeks ago, hopes the victory against Cumbernauld is the start of a full recovery.

He said: “The players let themselves and the club down very badly in the Scottish Cup game.

“We are down several players due to injuries and holidays, but all clubs are experiencing that at the moment and we should have been able to progress.

“But it was good to record out first win of the season on Saturday. We actually played quite well.

“The new manager, Mickey Lawson, has brought in a couple of new players and we hope that this will help us turn the corner.”

Steve Forrest’s Selkirk are at home to Cumbernauld Colts this Saturday, following their epic loss to East Kilbride last week.

In the East of Scotland League, struggling Kelso United – beaten 7-0 by Coldstream last Saturday – are off to the Kingdom of Fife to tackle Burntisland Shipyard.

Peebles Rovers journey to Berwickshire to lock horns with Duns in what has all the makings of being an intriguing Border derby battle.

And Hawick Royal Albert entertain Craigroyston at Albert Park.