Vale get third stab at Students

VALE OF LEITHEN are set to square up against Stirling University for the third Saturday in succession this weekend, writes John Slorance.

Having previously met in the King Cup and Premier Division, the two sides clash in the first round of the East of Scotland Cup this time around.

Stirling have won one game with the other being drawn.

Vale manager Robbie Horn is hopeful his side can gain their first win and told TheSouthern: “It’s the end of the trilogy and it looks like being quite a game.

“I put Stirling right up there amongst the likes of Spartans.

“They are strong, fit, well organised and are a good footballing side, but in the last two matches we have shown we can compete with them.

“Last Saturday we might have been out on our feet at the end of the match, but we proved we can match Stirling.”

Vale have Kerr Dodds back, but Davie Anderson is missing.

Peebles Rovers are also in cup action, taking on Leith Athletic in Edinburgh, and Rovers boss Stuart Robertson told us: “Leith are not top of the first division league for nothing, but they are not invincible.

“I am happy with the way we are playing at the moment and I have a good squad of players.

“We will be looking to take something out of the match.”

In another cup encounter, Gala Fairydean visit the seaside to face Eyemouth United.

Gala manager Fraser Lothian said: “We know exactly what to expect from Eyemouth as they beat us at Warner Park in the league the other week.

“Eyemouth deserved their win and are having a good season.

“They are very difficult to beat at home in particular as their pitch is tight and they play to their strengths.

“We will be looking for revenge, though, and I think we can get a result.

“Our aim now for the season is to finish third in the league, but a run in the cup would be a real bonus.”

Fairydean have Ross Glass suspended and Paul Young is on holiday.

Chris Anderson and Alan Smith, however, return to the squad.

Now anchored at the foot of the Premier Division, Selkirk search for much-needed points in an away clash against Edinburgh University.

In the First Division, Hawick Royal Albert travel to tackle Ormiston at Recreation Park.

Francis Martinez and Jamie Brodie, who played as trialists for Hawick against Leith Athletic, get a second outing.

Kelso United have no game.