Selkirk unite nations but Prof is on the warpath

Gala Fairydean vs Stirling University at Netherdale. Gala's David Bonnar make a tackle.
Gala Fairydean vs Stirling University at Netherdale. Gala's David Bonnar make a tackle.

There hasn’t been much happening on the pitch recently for Borders Lowland League clubs, but behind the scenes it’s a different story.

Gala Fairydean Rovers, Vale of Leithen and Selkirk all went without a game last weekend due to the seemingly unceasing wet weather, but, in the latter’s case, away from the flooded pitches there has been a deluge of signings.

The Yarrow Park outfit has been doing their bit for the Entente Cordiale in signing four French players from Guillaume Beuzelin’s EDUSports Academy. Former Tolouse striker Yannis Lamgari and Rennes centre-half Jordaine Orain will be joined by midfield duo Benjamin Huteau and Julio Tonelle.

The Selkirk coach said: “I am delighted to be able to introduce these four new players to the club.”

On Saturday, Selkirk welcome Vale of Leithen to Yarrow Park for a Lowland League Cup clash.

“Everyone is buzzing at the moment,” added Forrest.

Over at Netherdale, Gala Fairydean Rovers have secured the signature of former Livingston player David Bonnar ahead of their Lowland League fixture at East Kilbride.

In the East of Scotland First Division, Kelso United are off to the seaside to play Eyemouth, but it will be no stroll along the beach for Prof Blaikie’s men.

Indeed, it’s a sink or swim situation for the Tweedsiders as they are more than anxious to resurface after having ventured into deep waters against Edinburgh University in their last outing.

The Kelso manager told The Southern: “Our performance overall was just terrible and we were embarrassingly bad.

“We even had problems before the game started as we had three key players, Elliot Turnbull, Steven Tait and Chris Black suspended. Our discipline has been shocking this season.

“You can’t get a settled team when players are repeatedly getting suspended. We will have to improve a lot to do anything against Eyemouth.”

Kelso are still without suspended pair Steven Tait and Chris Black, but Elliot Turnbull is back from his ban.

Elsewhere, Peebles Rovers play Berwick Rangers Reserves away from home while Hawick Royal Albert entertain Duns.