Souters return to Pennypit for second game in five days

SELKIRK marched into the second round of the King Cup with a home win over Heriot Watt University last weekend, writes John Slorance.

And on Saturday the Yarrow Park outfit are poised to lock horns with the students again – this time on Premier Division business and the University have home advantage.

The Souters will be gunning to make sure that they get the same winning result, and coach Bryan Templeton told TheSouthern: “It was a good win for us against Heriot-Watt in the cup. We played well and had it not been for some brilliant saves from the University goalkeeper we could have been four goals up by half-time. Apart from giving a good performance I was chuffed with our fitness, especially the way we held our own in extra time.

“The University are always super-fit, but although we hadn’t played for a few weeks we matched them – a bonus for me.

“On Saturday they will be looking for revenge.

“However, if we play the same way as we did last week, I am quietly confident we can get another win.”

Selkirk are at full strength.

On Tuesday night an 89th-minute goal from Kerr Dodds saw Vale go through to the quarter-finals of the South Region Challenge Cup after the weather finally relented enough to allow the tie against Preston Athletic to go ahead at the seventh time of asking.

This weekend, Vale face a quick return to Prestonpans as the league meeting due to take place at Innerleithen has been switched to Pennypit Park. Both sides are in need of points so there is a lot to play for.

It’s derby day in the First Division scene with the meeting of Kelso United and Gala Fairydean at Woodside Park.

Kelso chairman Mike Tait said: “We lost to Eyemouth last Saturday, but we have four players missing.

“Gala beat us by a big score earlier on in the season, but normally games are close between the two clubs. We have a good record against them at home and I hope this continues on Saturday.”

Steven Tait, Derek Burnett and Mark Lockhart all return for the Tweedsiders.

Fairydean boss Fraser Lothian said: “We beat Kelso convincingly at Gala. That’s in the past though, and it will be a different ball game on Saturday.

“This has been stressed to the players, and they are well aware of what is in front of them. Kelso will be up for it, and we shall have to be the same.

“Gala have not won at Kelso for a good few years, so we are wanting to change this. We won’t be sitting around and shall be going for a win.”

Apart from having a doubt about John Waldie being available, Lothian selects from a full squad.

Peebles Rovers tangle with Hawick Royal Albert in the first round of the King Cup at Whitestone Park.

Hawick are without suspended pair, Sean Owens and Gavin Watson.

z Tomorrow, Selkirk FC bosses meet with the SFA to hear the findings of the enquiry into the club listing too many subs for matches against Vale of Leithen and Civil Service Strollers in August, both of which they won.