Cassidy’s delight at youngsters is tempered by Peebles threat

ALL roads lead to Philiphaugh on Saturday where Selkirk play host to the only home game in the Borders, a prime Borders derby Premier Two fixture against Peebles, writes Fiona Scott.

And following his team’s first victory of the season away to Whitecraigs, team manager Brian Cassidy is expecting a tough challenge from his local rivals on home territory.

He told TheSouthern: “I don’t want to sound arrogant but I’m not getting too excited about last week’s victory. The bottom line is we don’t want to waste that away win by being beaten at home by Peebles and we are certainly not taking them lightly.”

The Souters are still missing a few key players with half backs Gavin Craig and Michael McVie still out of the equation, but Cassidy has been delighted by the performances of some of the younger squad members who have stepped up to the plate and shows no concern for their lack of experience.

“Michael Davies has been a star, he may be small in stature but he has the heart of a lion,” he added. “We are missing three experienced backs at the moment, but the youngsters have certainly showed up well and filled the gaps to the best of their ability, and that’s all we can ask.”

Peebles are still seeking their first win of the season and, as always, both teams are expected to provide stiff opposition.

As is usual in such games there will be plenty for the crowd to shout about and points for old friends from both sides to discuss over a beer or two in the clubhouse after the game.

Elsewhere this weekend, Melrose face their toughest challenge yet when they travel to Millbrae to play Ayr in a top-of-the-table Premier One clash. Melrose racked up 39 points against Currie last weekend (see match report on page 25) to retain their 100 per cent record in the league with their 39-16 victory at the Greenyards, and they are now the only side after two games who have scored two bonus-point wins.

Although pleased with his team’s latest performance, however, president Mike Dalgetty stated this week that it’s far to early in the season to tell how things are going to go.

He said: “All in all, last week’s victory provided a satisfactory afternoon, although it’s a bit too early to get carried away. We have two enormous weeks ahead of us.

“Firstly away to Ayr, where we haven’t had the best record of late, followed by Hawks at home. Only after those games will we perhaps have an indication of how competitive we are going to be.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, Hawick are looking to record their first win when they take the road to Dundee, while Gala go west to play Glasgow Hawks.

Jed-Forest and Kelso both sit mid-table in Premier Two, having both won and lost a game apiece, and this weekend they travel to play Watsonians and Stewart’s Melville respectively.

z Wales and British Lions rugby legend, Derek Quinnell, will be the guest speaker at the pre-match hospitality before the South of Scotland v Barbarians match at Mansfield Park on Tuesday, October 11 (kick off 4pm).

Quinnell played for his country on 23 occasions at lock and No.8, and also went on three British Lions tours.

Tickets for the hospitality are £45 each and match tickets are £10 (grandstand) and £5 (terracing) are available at or by phoning John Thorburn on 07929 655132.