Vale of Leithen still waiting for first win of season despite going 5-1 up in cup

It’s an unlucky or careless football team that fail to win when 5-1 up with just over 20 minutes to go, and Vale of Leithen appear to be the former.

Sunday, 22nd November 2020, 7:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 7:08 am
Levi Kinchant scores for Vale of Leithen versus Heston Rovers. Photo: Bill McBurnie

The Innerleithen side are still waiting for their first victory of this season, but an hour into their Soccer Shop Direct Challenge Cup game against Dumfries and Galloway’s Heston Rovers on Saturday, November 21, they could have been forgiven for thinking that moment had finally arrived.

It hadn’t, however, as they were to find out seven minutes later when the game was abandoned due to the heavy rain battering Victoria Park.

One name definitely missing from their teamsheet was Lady Luck.

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Vale of Leithen's Levi Kinchant on the ball against Heston Rovers. Photo: Bill McBurnie

The Borderers’ scorers were Chris Anderson at the double, Levi Kinchant, Robbie Neave and Arran Laidlaw.

Next up for Vale is a trip to Midlothian’s Bonnyrigg Rose on Tuesday, November 24, at 7.45pm, followed by another league game next Saturday, November 28, at 3pm at home to Edinburgh’s Civil Service Strollers.

Vale remain rooted to the bottom of the Lowland Football League table with no points after nine games and a goal difference of -36.

Bonnyrigg are 10 places above them, in seventh spot, with 17 points from eight games, and Strollers are in 12th, with eight points from as many games.

Vale of Leithen's Robbie Neave holds up Heston's Brian Mullen. Photo: Bill McBurnie
Vale of Leithen's Robbie Neave in a tangle with Heston's Alexander Henderson. Photo: Bill McBurnie