Knox makes his point with late strike

A LATE Gary Knox strike secured a creditable 2-2 draw on Tuesday night for Peebles Rovers against much-fancied Easthouses Lily at Whitestone Park.

In the first game in the First Division this season, Jamie Shields gave the visitors the lead before Craig Edgar equalised for Stuart Robertson’s men on 47 minutes.

A Jason Girdwood own goal gave Lily the advantage again, but a terrific 20-yard shot from Knox five minutes from full time gave Rovers a point.

This Saturday, Peebles face Preston Athletic in the first round of the Image Printers (IP) Cup, which is scheduled for Whitestone Park, but could yet be switched to Prestonpans.

Robertson said: “Heriot-Watt best us 6-0 last week. This defeat, however, was due to circumstances more than us playing badly as we had a few players missing out and could hardly raise a team.

“Hopefully, most of these guys will be back for the Preston game. If we are at full strength we will do well.”

Vale of Leithen and Kelso United have already faced each other this season in the League Cup, with the Innerleithen side emerging 6-0 winners.

The two clubs lock horns again in the IP Cup this Saturday.

Vale manager Robbie Horn told TheSouthern: “We might have beaten Kelso by a big score last time, but that means nothing.

“Kelso played some good stuff at times and never gave up, even when a few goals behind. They got a great result in beating Leith Athletic last Saturday which will have given them a lift and I am expecting a tough game.”

United team boss Prof Blaikie added: “Vale are a very good side, but I think we gave them too much respect and will have to close them down a lot more this time.

“Steven Tait, Jamie Swailes, Sean Angus and Mark Lockhart all missed the first game, but are back for this one and this will help us a lot.”

Following their First Division tussle with Coldstream on Wednesday at Home Park, Gala Fairydean return to the same scene for an IP Cup encounter.

And ‘Dean boss Fraser Lothian does not have his injury troubles to seek. He told us: “Ross Glass, Grant Gass, Craig Livingstone, Alan Jackson and Ryan Shepherd are all injured, and Geri Rossi is still waiting for international clearance, so we are more or less down to the bare bones. We will have to pull in some boys from our 19s side and see how it goes from there.”

Hawick Royal Albert are without Andrew Maltman for their IP Cup clash with Edinburgh City at Albert Park, while Selkirk are involved in Premier Division action, entertaining Spartans at Yarrow Park.