Rovers aim to punch above their weight in King Cup

Peebles rovers Greg Dodds attacking the hawick goal
Peebles rovers Greg Dodds attacking the hawick goal

Peebles Rovers are poised to meet Craigroyston in the semi-final of the King Cup at Whitestone Park on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

And Rovers want to make it a royal occasion, as success would mean reaching their second cup final of the term.

Overall, it has been a glittering season for John O’Hara’s men, who are also on the search for championship silverware in the East of Scotland First Division.

Reflecting on his side’s current situation, O’Hara told The Southern: “It’s all been happening for us.

“The games have been coming thick and fast as we have been playing three a week.

“There has just been no letting up and the players have been under a lot of pressure.

“However, there is a great spirit within the side and that has been pulling the boys through.”

Although the results have been going his way, however, O’Hara is still looking for that big performance from his men.

“Every league game has been a big one for us recently,” he added.

“As we are top, all the other teams want to take our scalp and beat us, so we have been having some tough matches.

“We have been blowing hot and cold in these games.

“Although our performances might not have been as convincing as I would have liked, we have still been getting results, and at the end of the day, that’s what matters.”

Talking of the semi-final clash, O’Hara said: “Craigroyston are a division higher than us.

“But we have already beaten sides from the Premier Division this season and will be looking to do the same again on Saturday.”

Following a 6-1 defeat away from home at the hands of Burntisland Shipyard last Saturday, it’s the turn of Hawick Royal Albert to play host to the Fifers at Albert Park this weekend.

Commenting on the forthcoming return clash, Hawick coach Davie Aitkin said: “We had a few players missing last week and hopefully most of them will be back for Saturday, so we will be looking to do better.

“It might be even better, though, if we played just five minutes each way and had a long break at half-time.”

Kelso United are away to Heriot-Watt University while, in the Lowland League, Selkirk travel to tackle BSC Glasgow.

Vale of Leithen have a break from league duties this weekend as they take on Gretna 2008 in the third round of the Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.