Templeton thankful for break from league

SOUTH of Scotland Challenge Cup, Image Printers Cup, East of Scotland Qualifying Cup and League matches. It’s a mixed bag of fixtures for Borders sides this weekend, writes John Slorance.

Selkirk are involved in South Cup action, travelling to Edinburgh to face Tynecastle at Fernieside Park. Without a win in the league, the Souters will be hoping to have better fortunes in their cup clash.

Team boss Bryan Templeton told TheSouthern: “We didn’t turn up in the first half against Edinburgh University and although we improved in the second, our all-round show on the day wasn’t good. We will have to improve a lot if we are going to do anything against Tynecastle. I am glad we are playing in a cup tie as it takes the pressure away from the league and give us a chance to get more settled. We will just have to take things step by step.”

Selkirk have Jason Inglis out through injury, but Ross McManus and Barry Milven return to the squad.

In another South Cup match, Kelso United host Preston Athletic at Woodside Park. United manager Prof Blaikie said: “Preston have been a bit up and down with their results, but had a good win over Gala last week. We were without our goalkeeper David Simmonds as well as Derek Burnett, Jamie Swailes and John McCutcheon against Eyemouth United and they were missed. However these guys are all back for Saturday and this will make a big difference to the side.”

The Tweedsiders have Mark Lockhart suspended.

Gala Fairydean tackle Lothian Thistle/Hutchison Vale at Saughton Enclosure. The Edinburgh Premier outfit outgunned Peebles Rovers 6-0 in the Alex Jack Cup and start as favourites against the Fairydean.

Following their drubbing last week, Peebles bid to pick up the pieces with an away clash against Berwick Rangers Reserves in a league match.

Rovers manager Stuart Robertson said: “We had been playing well until last week.

“It was just one of those games, we just didn’t play well and were well beaten.

“It was perhaps a wake-up call for us, though. The league is our priority this season, so we will be looking for full points against Berwick.

“We beat them twice last season, but there was little in the games. Hopefully, we can make it three in a row on Saturday.”

Rovers have goalkeeper Paul Roseburgh back in their line up.

Hawick Royal Albert take on Edinburgh City in the Image Printers Cup at Albert Park and Andrew Maltman and Roddy McConnell return to the Albert pool.

And on-song Vale of Leithen entertain Leith Athletic at Victoria Park in the League Cup.