Teams gear up for South Cup

Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble
Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble

The first round of the SFA South Region Challenge Cup makes up the programme for Border senior clubs this weekend.

Hawick Royal Albert entertain Lothian Thistle/Hutchison Vale at Albert Park.

Glancing ahead to this clash Barry Campbell, who is part of a strong Hawick managerial team, told us: “We didn’t have a game last Saturday which suited us as we had a few injuries.

“The injured guys have had time to recover and will be in the squad for the Lothian match. It will be a difficult game, they are going well as their win over Kelty Hearts in the Scottish Cup shows, as this was a great result.”

Hawick have released Bobby Nwanze and Gary Shillinglaw at their own requests. Nwanze has joined junior side Edinburgh United.

Gala Fairydean Rovers tackle Heriot Watt University at Netherdale and talking of his sides encounter with the Students manager Steven Noble said: “We have had good wins over Leith Athletic and Stirling University in other cups this season so hopefully this will continue against Heriot Watt.

“They have Ian Little who has been manager of Berwick Rangers as their coach so they will be a well organised side.

“We are keen to do well in the cup as it is very important to have a cup run during a season and we are looking to do this.

“Although not always getting wins we have been playing well but we need to start turning narrow defeats and draws into wins.”

Billy Miller is a doubtful starter for Rovers through injury, while youngster Ben Herdman is battling to be free from a knock, Lee Stephen returns.

Elsewhere Selkirk travel to Fife to meet Burntisland Shipyard while Peebles Rovers and Vale of Leithen are at home to Spartans and Tynecastle respectively.