Third derby battle of season set to attract Gala and Selkirk fans

David Battle sidesteps the opposition
David Battle sidesteps the opposition

Gala Fairydean Rovers and Selkirk will clash for the third time this season when they meet in the Lowland League Regional Cup on Saturday at Netherdale, writes John Slorance.

Gala manager Steven Noble told The Southern: “We were well chuffed with our 5-1 win over Dalbeattie Star last Saturday (see report above).

“It was a great result for us as Dalbeattie are a good footballing side and we are now getting a bit of a run together.

“We will be at full strength for the Selkirk game, which is something that has not happened much this season. Selkirk beat us at the start of the season, but we drew with them in January in a match we should have won, so it will be an interesting game on Saturday.”

Selkirk haven’t had a game since that last fixture against Gala and are looking forward to some action.

Selkirk player David Battle said: “It’s always nice to play against Gala as these games attract big crowds and that means a good atmosphere.

“Gala had a great win last Saturday against Dalbeattie Star and this will have given their confidence a boost. We will be up for the game, although we are playing away on Gala’s 3G pitch. I think we will do alright.”

Vale of Leithen are involved in South of Scotland Challenge Cup action, travelling to face Spartans at Ainslie Park.

Hawick Royal Albert are without the suspended Liam O’Rourke for their King Cup tie against Coldstream at Albert Park and, in the East of Scotland First Division, Kelso United are at home to Ormiston, while Peebles Rovers entertain Burntisland Shipyard.