Victory could be vital for battling Boroughmuir

Wullie Blacklock will make his debut for Boroughmuir
Wullie Blacklock will make his debut for Boroughmuir
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Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison is under no illusions about the importance of tomorrow’s BT Premiership clash with Gala at Meggetland (kick off 3pm).

Two sides scrapping for vital league points are gearing up for what promises to be a mouthwatering encounter.

Gala come into the game on the back of a convincing victory over Melrose, the team Muir edged out in spectacular fashion two weeks ago.

Aitchison has winger Grant McConnell on the bench after a long-term absence due to injury and is also ready to hand a club debut to experienced prop Wullie Blacklock, whose presence should help offset the absence of unavailable Dale Robertson.

“Gala will be buoyant from their win over Melrose last week. This will be a tough encounter with both sides looking for a win to push them up the table,” said Aitchison.

Heriot’s coach Phil Smith welcomes back lock Russell Nimmo and winger Charlie Simpson as the second-placed defending champions travel to face leaders Ayr, who have a four-point advantage at the top and a game in hand.

Smith acknowledges the scale of the task but, having reviewed footage of last weekend’s loss against Glasgow Hawks, he is less downbeat than in the immediate aftermath. “We actually played a little better than I first thought. Barring a couple of poor setpieces and a lapse in a kick chase we actually dominated most of the game. We simply failed to turn pressure into points.”

The win over Heriot’s has moved Hawks into a position to challenge for a play-off slot and they will be looking to crank up their bid for a top-four finish when they welcome Currie tomorrow. The visitors, who are on track to finish in the leading quartet, have Karl Main and Andrew McWilliam among the substitutes, with both recovered from injury.

BT National Division One pacesetters Watsonians welcome Musselburgh to Myreside, with the focus on taking another step towards the title. However, Marcus Di Rollo’s men also have an opportunity to avenge a narrow loss when the sides met at Stoneyhill in the reverse fixture. Burgh sit in mid-table but the competitive nature of the league means that they are not yet out of the race for a top-two finish.

That also applies to Edinburgh Accies, despite their defeat at the hands of Burgh last time out. Accies welcome Stewart’s Melville who have moved out of the relegation places with two wins and a narrow defeat in their past three matches, but are still some way from guaranteeing their survival.

A defeat against Falkirk two weeks ago has dented Preston Lodge’s bid for promotion in a keenly contested Division Two. And the Pennypit men will be looking to get their challenge back on track when they travel to meet Biggar.

Lasswade are also on the road, facing the daunting task of bidding to inflict a first home defeat of the season on long-time leaders Hamilton Bulls. With Greenock Wanderers detached at the foot of the table and appearing doomed to the drop, and only five points covering the five sides ahead of them, Lasswade are desperate to garner points over the coming weeks.

Having posted an impressive win in the only Division Three match that beat the weather last week, Haddington have extended their advantage over fourth-placed West of Scotland ahead of tomorrow’s match at home to Dalziel.

Livingston occupy a mid-table berth and can take another step towards safety if they see off Perthshire at Almond Park, while RHC Cougars look to halt a four-match losing run when they travel to face Berwick.