Souters take next step to avoid drop

WHILE Leith Athletic and Gretna 2008 have gained promotion from the East of Scotland First Division, Selkirk have a fight on their hands to avoid going the opposite way.

On Tuesday night the Souters grabbed a crucial point from their midweek away fixture against Preston Athletic – and they continue their fight to remain in the top flight when meeting Stirling University at Yarrow Park on Saturday.

Grant Gass put them ahead in the 56th minute before Stuart Miller scored an equaliser in the 75th.

Selkirk assistant manager Davie Main said: “Time is now starting to run out for us if we are to survive in the Premier Division. Every match we play we need to win and we have some very hard ones in front of us. Stirling, in particular, is a really tough game. We are well aware of what we have to do, though, so we will just have to get on with things and see what happens.”

Very disappointed in making an exit from the East of Scotland League Cup at the hands of Preston Athletic, Vale of Leithen are now aiming to make their league position more respectable. And on Saturday, Vale will be going all out to take the scalp of Tynecastle at Victoria Park.

Gala Fairydean also feel they still have a lot to play for as the Netherdale club are bidding to finish in the top four of the First Division.

On Saturday, the Dean search for points to do just that when travelling to tackle Ormiston at Recreation Park.

Fairydean skipper John Waldie told TheSouthern: “We did okay against Leith Athletic last Saturday, but we switched off for 10 minutes and these moments of madness cost us two goals and the game. Prior to getting beaten by Leith we had been starting to get a few results together, so I am expecting us to get a win at Ormiston. We are away from home, but I think we can still get a winning result.”

Hawick Royal Albert entertain Leith Athletic at Albert Park. The Teries were edged out 2-1 by Leith in Edinburgh recently. Albert have Alan Campbell serving a one-match ban, but Sean Owens returns from suspension.

Kelso United line up against Craigroyston at St Mark’s Park.

Reflecting on this encounter United chairman Mike Tait said: “We drew with Craigie at Kelso. It was a close game, but we could possibly have won it.

“There is not much between the two sides and I think it will be another tight game on Saturday.”

Derek Burnett and Mark Lockhart will be back in action for the Tweedsiders.

Goalkeeper David Simmonds is suspended and 15-year-old Bruce Connelly will be in goal.

Also on Saturday, Peebles Rovers clash with Berwick Rangers Reserves at Berwick.