Lowland and East of Scotland Football preview

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ALTHOUGH going down to Easthouses Lily in their last outing, Hawick Royal Albert are currently having their best season for many a year.

Graeme Chadwick’s men are in third spot in the East of Scotland first division league table and have six wins to their credit which is more than they had for the full length of last term.

The introduction of some new signings including former Hawick United pair, goalkeeper Dean Fry and striker Kevin Strathdee has helped point the Albert in the right direction after being lost in the wilderness for some considerable time.

On Saturday Hawick are involved in East of Scotland League Cup action in facing premier league side Edinburgh University at home.

Talking of his team’s present fortunes Albert manager Graeme Chadwick told the ‘Southern’, “We were very disappointed and somewhat bemused how we didn’t take anything from the Easthouses game as we deserved a win. It’s my job to now lift the players for the Edinburgh University game. We have a few weeks break from the league which allows us to freshen the team up and try a few different things. The University are a league above us so we have nothing to lose and this will allow us to see how far we have come as a squad”.

Hawick are without injured captain Michael McKenzie and Ronald Fleming is suspended.

Kelso United also line up against premier league opposition in the League Cup in tackling Tynecastle at Woodside Park.

Reflecting on this meeting, United chairman Mike Tait said, “We have been playing quite well but with Tynecastle being a premier league team, we will be stretched. Our manager ‘Prof’ Blaikie has seen Tynecastle this season and they are a young quick side so we will have our hands full”.

The Tweedsiders hope to have Sean Angus back in their squad, while Callum McClure is battling to be free of an injury.

In another League Cup outing, Peebles Rovers meet Spartans at Whitestone Park.

Gala Fairydean travel to Edinburgh to cross swords with Spartans in the Lowland League, while Vale of Leithen are away to Threave Rovers.

Selkirk host Edinburgh City.