Storming Selkirk ready for Bo’ness challenge

Selkirk vs Gala Fairydean Rovers at Yarrow Park. Selkirk's Jon McInally scores for Selkirk.
Selkirk vs Gala Fairydean Rovers at Yarrow Park. Selkirk's Jon McInally scores for Selkirk.

It is the first round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday and bidding for a place in round two are Selkirk, Gala Fairydean Rovers and Hawick Royal Albert.

On a crest of a wave following their huge win over Gala Fairydean Rovers (see below), Selkirk are set to move into unknown and uncharted seas in taking on top junior side Bo’ness United at Yarrow Park.

Selkirk manager Stevie Forrest told The Southern: “Bo’ness are Super League Champions and their reputation comes before them.

“I have had various reports about them and they are apparently a very good side.

“I also believe that Bo’ness have had us watched four times.

“However, I don’t think this will have done them any good, in fact it could have them completely confused, for our performances in the games they have taken in have all been completely different.

“We know we have a big task ahead of us, but it is our aim to make the second round and we will be going all out for this.”

Gala Fairydean Rovers travel to meet fellow local league outfit Gretna 2008.

The Netherdale side will be doing their very best to emerge from the hangover of their Selkirk defeat.

Commenting on this, Gala assistant manager Bryan Templeton said: “The players let themselves down against Selkirk and they are well aware of this.

“They gave up in the second half when things started to go wrong and this is unacceptable. On Saturday, they will get the chance to prove themselves and put that match behind them.

“Gretna have had some decent results and are at home on their big pitch. We will be going there with the right attitude, though.”

Hawick Royal Albert make the long trip to the Highlands to tackle Cove Rangers.

Following their recent haphazard showing against Burntisland, the Albert will have to improve leaps and bounds – and a bit more – to come anywhere near to getting a result.

Talking of his side’s clash with Cove, Hawick midfield player Greg Summer says: “Nobody will be giving us much of a chance, but hopefully we can do well.

“It’s a very big occasion for us and the boys will be up for it. No matter what happens we should enjoy the experience of playing in the Scottish Cup.”

Peebles Rovers are involved in Alex Jack Cup action, facing Easthouses Lily away from home.

And in the Lowland League, Vale of Leithen play Edinburgh University at Victoria Park.