FOLLOWING a run of stuttering performances which brought about poor results Kelso United are starting to fit into the groove again through much improved displays, writes John Slorance.
On Saturday the Tweedsiders hope to maintain their fine new-found form in their home clash with Easthouses Lily.
United team boss Prof Blaikie told TheSouthern: “We are really starting to pick up. The players are starting to play with a lot more confidence and with a bit of luck we could well have got a win over Craigroyston last Saturday instead of a draw.
“Easthouses are having a good season, but I am learning not to be concerned about the opposition. I just want to focus on what Kelso United are doing.
“We have a reputation of building a side on hard work and giving young players a chance and that’s what I intend doing.”
United are missing Laurie Dunn and David Knox who have been signed by junior outfit Pumpherston.
Looking ahead to his side’s Whitestone park meeting with Ormiston, Peebles Rovers manager Stuart Robertson said: “We could do with a win after having lost to Eyemouth United.
“I was very disappointed we lost for, had we not given away some silly goals, I thought we were the better side.
“We have played Ormiston twice this season. They won one of the games and the other was a draw. Hopefully we will get our first win over them on Saturday.”
Without a fixture last weekend Gala Fairydean return to the fray, entertaining Gretna 2008 at Netherdale.
Promotion hopefuls Gretna are always a hot handful and Gala manager Fraser Lothian told us: “We will have to improve our defending from our last match to get a result. Gretna are going for promotion and we are still in with an outside chance, so both teams have a lot to play for. I have managed to strengthen the squad in making two new signings. Craig Tyson, who used to play for the Dean, has been fixed up after having just returned from Australia, and Ryan Flaker, a young player from Craigroyston.
Our goalkeeper Elliot Turnbull is out for one game, but Liam Hanson who was with us at the start of the season, is standing in.”
Fairydean’s Chris Anderson is suspended and John Waldie remains on the injured list.
Hawick Royal Albert tackle Craigroyston at Albert Park. Missing from the Hawick squad is Stewart Fraser who has quit football to concentrate on athletics.
Elsewhere, Selkirk visit Meadowbank Stadium to face Edinburgh City in a Premier Division match, while Vale of Leithen are involved in King Cup action, tackling Stirling University away.
Vale travel without Paul Greenhill who is suspended.