Lily game considered a cracker

Due to their game with Leith Athletic being postponed last Saturday because of a waterlogged Victoria Park, Vale of Leithen received a hiccup in their League Cup campaign programme, writes John Slorance.

But they remained undaunted and following Tuesday’s 6-0 thrashing of Kelso United, they return to Saturday action, facing Easthouses Lily away from home.

Vale secretary Alex Currie told TheSouthern: “It was a bit unfortunate having a match postponed so early in the season, but there was no option. Our section in the League Cup is wide open.

“We have everything to play for and the game with Easthouses should be a cracker. Anything could happen.”

Vale have made an excellent new signing, in Grant McNichol, who was on Berwick Rangers’ books for several seasons.

Kelso United entertain Leith Athletic at Woodside Park.

United boss Prof Blaikie said: “We are in a tough section, but that’s the way it goes. Although results haven’t gone our way, we have been playing quite well.

“We haven’t had many breaks so I hope this will change for the Leith match.”

The Tweedsiders have Jamie Swailes fighting to be free from an injury, while Steven Tait returns from suspension.

With alterations being done to Netherdale’s surface, Gala Fairydean play Preston Athletic at Victoria Park, Innerleithen.

’Dean manager Fraser Lothian told us: “We won’t be playing at Netherdale for a while. We will just have to accept this and get on with it. As we now have no chance of doing something in the League Cup we will have to use the Preston game as a measure for the league and will be looking for a result.” Gala are without Ross Glass, Ryan Shepherd and Gary Lothian.

Hawick Royal Albert can no longer qualify for the League Cup following their midweek 5-0 defeat to Gretna 2008, so manager Mick Murphy is using Friday evening’s home clash with Stirling University as a chance to try new methods.

He said: “We will be playing a different system than normal and we will just have to see how we can do.” Andrew Maltman is out for Hawick.

Selkirk host Ormiston and following their defeat to Stirling on Tuesday are looking to get their qualifying bid back on track.

Manager Bryan Templeton said: “We have been playing some good football and still have a chance of going through to the next stage of the League Cup, but we need a victory on Saturday.” Peebles Rovers take on Heriot Watt University at Whitestone Park.

Tuesday night’s results: Gretna 2008 5 Hawick Royal Albert 0; Selkirk 1 Stirling University 4; Vale of Leithen 6 Kelso United 0; CSS 2 Peebles Rovers 2.