Borders derbies at the double

THERE is a double bill of Borders derby games on the East of Scotland scene this weekend.

Vale of Leithen face Peebles Rovers in the second round of the Image Printers Cup, while Duns entertain Kelso United in First Division business.

Both games have all the makings of being thrillers, but Vale secretary Alex Currie has concerns about their game.

He told TheSouthern: “We could really have done without a derby match before our Scottish Cup tie against Girvan next week. Derby games can often be bruising affairs, but we can’t afford to get involved in anything like this in fear of a player getting injured or picking up a red card.

“It will, however, no doubt be a hard match. Peebles have two or three ex-Vale players in their side, as well as having former Vale manager Stuart Robertson as their boss, and they will all be wanting to prove themselves.

“We are playing good football at the moment, scoring goals and not conceding many. Sure, it will be difficult against Peebles, but I fancy our chances to make the next round.”

Vale have a full squad.

Giving his view from the other side of the fence, Rovers boss Robertson said: “I was very disappointed with the way we played against Berwick Rangers Reserves last Saturday.

“We gave away two horror goals and overall we were really poor. There will have to be a massive improvement if we are to do anything against the Vale.

“However, there is no pressure on us. We are away from home, against a side that are flying high in the Premier Division, and nobody really expects us to win. We will, of course, be trying to cause an upset.”

Peebles parade new signing Greg Shortreed and will also have a new face in goal. Raymond Fleming, David Knox and Steve Galloway return to the Rovers squad.

Commenting on his team’s tussle against the league newcomers, Kelso United chairman Mike Tait told us: “The game against Duns should be interesting to say the least. Duns are the new boys in the league and will be desperate to beat us. Our manager Prof Blaikie has watched Duns this season and we know all about them and what to expect.”

Kelso are without the suspended Mark Lockhart.

Gala Fairydean hit the road to tackle Ormiston at Recreation Park and ’Dean coach Gary Fraser said: “Things just didn’t go right for us last week, but we will be hoping to bounce back against Ormiston.

“It is a tricky place to play at, but we will be going for a win, not just for the points, but to get a lift for our Scottish Cup match against Hawick Royal Albert next week.”

Gala have Aaron Brunton suspended, but may have Craig Livingston free from injury and on the bench.

Selkirk host Edinburgh University at Yarrow Park. Royal Albert have no game.