Gretna FC 2008 v Vale of Leithen
Scottish Lowland League
Saturday 3rd January 3pm
As the year turns so perhaps do the fortunes of Gretna FC 2008 also stand on the cusp.
They go into Saturday’s Lowland League fixture in second spot, five points behind the leaders, Edinburgh City, who have games in hand, and five points clear of their nearest rivals, Spartans, also with games in hand.
Having beaten one bogy team, Threave Rovers, last week by the narrowest of margins, it will take a heroic effort against another, Vale of Leithen, to confirm the Raydale side’s credentials as title challengers. It will be a difficult task. The Innerleithen side have overcome traumas off and on the pitch and have the bragging rights from the earlier league encounter which finished 3-2. Overall results between the two sides stand all square with Vale having inflicted Gretna’s biggest defeat two seasons ago.
While there have been some departures from the Raydale ranks in recent weeks, Gretna manager, Stuart Rome has been reaping the rewards from a new consistency in a settled Gretna side committed to the future of the Borderers.
In a seasonal gesture members of the Gretna Youth Academy and a parent will be admitted free of charge to Saturday’s game.
Whether 2015 is looked back on as the year in which 2008 took yet another step forward or merely cemented their position may hinge on this fixture. Not one to miss.