O’Hara plays waiting game, but sees sunshine ahead

Football season preview.
Football season preview.

Peebles Rovers haven’t had the best of starts to the 2013/14 season, and are in the bottom half of the East of Scotland first division table.

There are no dark clouds hanging over the Whitestone Park side, though, and indeed Peebles manager John O’Hara sees nothing but a clear horizon.

Talking prior to his side’s home meeting with Hawick Royal Albert on Saturday, O’Hara told The Southern: “Results have not been going our way these past few weeks, but I am confident that this can be turned around.

“We are trying hard to get things right at Peebles and this will come. I am hoping to bring new faces into the squad and could well have two trialists turning out against Hawick on Saturday. Hawick are going very well just now, so it will be a difficult game for us.”

Peebles have George Hall back from suspension.

Albert assistant manager John Fettes commented: “Our last three games have been cup matches, so it will be good to get back on track with the league.

“Hawick are in their highest league position for a long time and it’s a massive and very important game for us. A few of our players were with Peebles at one time and this will make the game even more interesting.”

Apart from having a doubt about captain Michael McKenzie, who is battling to be free from an ankle injury, the Albert are at full strength.

Kelso United hit the road to face Ormiston at Recreation Park.

In the Lowland League, Gala Fairydean Rovers will be hoping to get back on the rails in their home meeting with Whitehill Welfare and will be fielding new signing Fraser Forrest. Manager Steven Noble said: “Fraser has played for Alloa Athletic and Berwick Rangers, and has loads of experience.

“He will have a great influence on the young players on the pitch and is just the type of guy we have been looking for. We gave away some bad goals against Preston last week and didn’t play well, so I will be looking for a much better performance against Whitehill.”

Selkirk took their first scalp of the season last Saturday and this weekend return to the warpath when travelling to face Threave Rovers.

Vale of Leithen tangle with Gretna 2008 away from home.