Weekend football preview

Prof Blaikie
Prof Blaikie

FOLLOWING an impressive win over Duns in the South of Scotland Challenge Cup in their last outing, Kelso United are involved in derby action again this weekend in taking on Eyemouth United in an East of Scotland First Division league match at Woodside Park on Saturday.

Reflecting on matters, Kelso team boss Prof Blaikie told TheSouthern’ with a smile: “I missed the Duns match as I was at a wedding but I have been told that we played very well, so I am now going to find a wedding to go to every Saturday.”

Adding Blaikie said, “Although having lost two games we have been playing well lately and both defeats were a bit harsh.

“My main problem has not been having a settled team for all sorts of reasons but we are more or less going to be at full strength for the Eyemouth game which is a bit unusual. “I am not sure what to expect from Eyemouth as they are under a different manager since the last time we played them, however I will be looking for a win.”

In another Border derby, Hawick Royal Albert entertain Duns at Albert Park.

Hawick are currently holding their highest league position for many seasons and glancing ahead to the game, Albert striker Kevin Strathdee said: “We beat Duns in a League Cup match at the beginning of the season but they are a changed side since then as they have brought in a few new players.”

Hawick are without Michael McKenzie, Andy Williamson, Paul Russell and Steven Russell. Michael Smith returns from suspension.

Talking of his side’s home meeting with Preston Athletic in the Lowland League, Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble commented, “We got a lift in beating Selkirk and are looking forward to playing Preston. Every game we play in I fancy our chances for I honestly believe we are as good as any other team in the Lowland League and I think we are capable of winning every match.”

Gala have Kyle Collins, Jason Inglis, Stuart Noble and Alan Nicol all back to match fitness.

Searching for their first win of the season, Selkirk have a formidable task on their hands in tackling Whitehill Welfare away from home.

Vale of Leithen line up against Spartans EOS at Victoria Park.