Kelso and Vale go for King Cup crown

Prof Blaikie Hawick Royal Albert Manager Tom
Prof Blaikie Hawick Royal Albert Manager Tom

The second round of the King Cup competition makes up most of the East of Scotland football programme this weekend, writes John Slorance.

And following their league triumph over Eyemouth United last Saturday, Kelso United meet Borders opposition again, with Vale of Leithen travelling to Woodside Park.

Kelso manager Prof Blaikie said: “Vale are in the Premier Division but we have played them twice this season, in the League Cup and the Image Printers Cup, away from home. We lost both games but we did okay against them.

“Indeed, Kelso have a good reputation of playing well against Premier Division sides in the past in cup games so we have no fears in playing them.

“We got a boost by beating Eyemouth in our last game, we are at home, it’s a cup tie, and we won’t be sitting back, so anything can happen.”

The Tweedsiders are still without the injured Sean Angus, but Liam Wallace returns.

Vale manager Jamie Birrell, who has a full-strength squad to choose from, told TheSouthern: “Kelso are always up for the battle. They are a physical side and don’t give you much time on the ball.

“They have quality players as well and Kelso also know the game to play on their tight park, so we will have to be at our very best to get a win.”

Gala Fairydean bid to recover from their heartbreaking defeat to Heriot Watt University by defeating visitors Ormiston, and boss Fraser Lothian said: “Ormiston have been improving recently and have had some good results, so it will be a difficult game.”

Jack Hay is suspended, Craig McBride and Alan Jackson injured, and Craig Tyson and Bruce Hunter doubtful.

But new signing Scott Nightingale from Gala Hotspur will be in the squad.

In yet another tie, Peebles Rovers meet Coldstream at Whitestone Park.

Without a win in the Premier Division, Selkirk host Tynecastle, with Ross McManus expected to return to the Souters’ squad.

Hawick Royal Albert are minus suspended pair Craig Beattie and Paul McAllion for their visit to Duns in the First Division.