THERE will be no panic at the Greenyards, according to director of rugby Mike Dalgetty.
The reigning Premier One champions have lost two of their last three league matches to relinquish top spot to near rivals Gala. But Dalgetty is insistent that last week’s one-point defeat to Stirling was merely a blip, ahead of this weekend’s home match with lowly Edinburgh Accies.
He told TheSouthern: “It was a disappointing performance against Stirling, but you have to put the result into perspective – we have only lost two games in 10 months.
“The injuries to John Dalziel and Gary Holborn, who are two big players for us, have been disappointing, but the good news is captain Graeme Dodds will be back this weekend and Stuart Johnson played very well at Stirling.”
While success is now expected at Melrose, Gala’s Euan Dods has admitted the Netherdale squad are surprised by their current lofty status – which they plan to keep hold of, starting at home to Aberdeen. The 21-year-old told us: “As much as I would love to say we were expecting to be in this position, I have to admit it has come as a bit of a shock to be leading the league at this stage.
“Everyone is working hard and it is a happy camp down at Netherdale just now.
“We played Aberdeen a couple of times last season and know it will be a tough game against them. We are not taking anything for granted and want to keep the form going from our first nine games.”
Elsewhere, Hawick, who face a daunting trip to Ayr, have yet to name a head coach. Secretary John Thorburn said: “We are currently speaking to a couple of potential candidates.”
Meanwhile, the Borders’ Premier Two sides continue their rollercoaster seasons, with Jed travelling to Biggar, Kelso at home to West of Scotland, Hamilton hosting Peebles and Selkirk on the road to Hillhead/Jordanhill.