Weekend off for Borders teams after wintry weather renders pitches unplayable, but mix of league and cup games coming up this Saturday

Wet weather wiped out two-thirds of the East of Scotland Football League’s fixture list last weekend, including all four games featuring Borders sides.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 6:34 pm
Hawick Royal Albert United hosting Peebles Rovers in the league last month. Photo: Bill McBurnie

Pitches being deemed unplayable led to Hawick Royal Albert United and Peebles Rovers’ scheduled trips north to play Fife’s Oakley United and Kinnoull in Perth respectively on Saturday in the league’s first division conference A being called off.

The same went for Coldstream’s planned conference A home game against Fife’s Kircaldy and Dysart and a trip to Lochgelly, also in Fife, that fellow Berwickshire outfit Eyemouth United had lined up.

Peebles are due to be back in league action this Saturday, hosting Fife’s Burntisland Shipyard at 1.30pm.

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Shippy are currently two points and three league places ahead of their hosts in sixth spot, with 13 points after seven games.

Rovers, in ninth place, have 11 points to their name after eight games.

Hawick will be taking a break from the league for a Scottish Cup second preliminary round tie away to fellow conference B team Preston Athletic at 3pm.

The East Lothian team are two places and three points above them in the league, with six of the latter after seven games, the Teries being in 13th place with three points after the same number of games played.

The Scottish Lowland Football League was less hard hit by the weekend’s wintry weather, but one of the two games it had called off was Vale of Leithen’s planned trip to Edinburgh University.

The Innerleithen side also have Scottish Cup action lined up for Saturday in the form of a 300-plus-mile round trip to Aberdeen’s Banks o’ Dee for a tie kicking off at 3pm.

Coldstream are also up for the cup, hosting Bo’ness United, as are Gala Fairydean Rovers, playing Dumfries and Galloway’s Wigtown and Bladnoch at home, both also at 3pm.

Eyemouth are due to host Stirling University this Saturday in conference B. Kick-off is at 1.30pm.

Eyemouth remain at the bottom of their table without any points after seven games, having conceded 55 goals and scored four in return.

Their visitors are in seventh place in conference B, with 12 points from nine games.

South of the border, Berwick Rangers are away to Dunipace in the cup at 3pm and Tweedmouth Rangers are scheduled to host Fife’s Kennoway Star Hearts at 1.30pm in conference A.

Tweedmouth are propping up their table too, with no points from six games, having scored four and conceded 31 in response.

Kennoway are in sixth place in conference A, with 15 points from seven games.