Make or break time for ragged Souters

IT is the last showdown for Selkirk on Saturday – all or nothing, writes John Slorance.

The Souters will know by 4.15pm whether they have won their battle to avoid relegation and remain in the East of Scotland League Premier Division.

At the moment, the Yarrow Park side are holding on to their premier league spot by a slender thread, which will be either firmly knotted or broken this weekend. They play Tynecastle at home, but their destiny does not lie solely in this game.

For elsewhere, fellow strugglers Preston Athletic and Heriot Watt University are also involved in vital matches and Selkirk will be awaiting the results of these encounters with baited breath.

Manager Bryan Templeton told TheSouthern: “It’s a game we have to win.

“Every match we have played recently has been a big one for us, but this is the biggest by far.

“Unfortunately, we are struggling for numbers for many reasons and this has been a problem for us for quite a while.

“Last Saturday we only had a squad of 12 and it looks like being more or less the same this weekend.

“I have tried to bring in new faces, but that is very difficult at this time of the season.

“However, it’s no good moaning, we will just have to get on with things and do our very best against Tynecastle.”

Vale of Leithen bring the curtain down on their return to the Premier Division as they face league champions Spartans at Victoria Park.

Games don’t come any harder than the one facing the mighty Ainslie Park side and Vale will have to pull something special out of the bag to get a result.

Gala Fairydean were trounced 4-1 at home to title-chasing Leith Athletic on Tuesday night, the only highlight being Chris Anderson’s superb overhead kick for the Netherdale men’s goal.

The Dean close their season with a home clash against Eyemouth United.

Glancing ahead, Fairydean boss Fraser Lothian said: “It’s an important game for both clubs as it could decide who is going to be in third place in the league, so there is a lot of incentive.

“Eyemouth have done very well this season, but they were beaten 8-0 by Kelso United last Saturday.

“That was an amazing result and Eyemouth will be wanting to pick themselves up from that defeat.

“It would be great to get third place in the league and hopefully we can achieve this.”

Two trialists may be included in the Fairydean squad, but Gala will be minus the suspended John Waldie.