Vale of Leithen and Selkirk have had contrasting starts to the season, writes John Slorance.
The Victoria Park outfit have yet to win a game and the Yarrow Park men are undefeated – and on Saturday, the two clubs are set to lock horns in the Lowland League at Innerleithen.
Vale may be the underdogs, but a good performance – albeit in vain – against Gala Fairydean Rovers in the Scottish Cup qualifier on Saturday will have them in good stead.
Selkirk manager Steve Forrest told The Southern: “The season has started well for us. All the hard work that has been put in in different ways has been paying off.
“It’s going to be a tricky game against the Vale, though. They might not have been winning, but their manager Mark Lamb has brewed up a team that is very capable of getting shock results.
“I just hope it’s not against us. I know Mark well and he would just love to get one over Selkirk and we certainly will not be taking the Vale lightly.”
Vale are without the suspended John Ferguson.
Gala Fairydean Rovers are also involved in Lowland League action, tackling Edinburgh City at Netherdale.
Gala boss Steven Noble said: “Edinburgh City have got off to a flying start, having pulled off some excellent results.
“They are obviously a very good side, so it’s going to be a difficult match for us, but we will be looking for a result.”
Having drawn with Newton Stewart in a Scottish Cup preliminary clash last weekend, Hawick Royal Albert cross swords with the South of Scotland side in a replay tie at Albert Park.
Reflecting on Hawick’s chances of entering the first round of the cup, Albert midfield ace and captain Michael McKenzie said: “I think we have a great chance of getting a win.
“We have nothing to fear from Newton Stewart as we were the better side in the first game and were very unlucky. We have the home advantage this time and Newton Stewart now have all the travelling to do. I am confident we can get the right result”.
Newton Stewart will be without Dean Black, Dean Richardson and Robert Middleton, who are all suspended due to having been red-carded in the first encounter.
In an East of Scotland first division match, Kelso United entertain Eyemouth United at Woodside Park.