GALA Fairydean Rovers return to Netherdale next Saturday for the visit of in-form University of Stirling and manager Martin Scott is under no illusion about the task facing his players.

But he is looking forward to playing in front of the iconic stand again and hopes to see another big crowd.

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The students have been in fine form of late, denying second place Spartans the chance to overtake Rangers at the top of the Lowland League table on Wednesday night thanks to a 3-0 victory with goals from James Berry, Ciaran McAninch and Cameron McKinley.

That result follows a 2-0 win over East Kilbride and Stirling now occupy fourth place, only two points from the top.

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But Gala have also been in great form, winning their last three games against Rangers B, Cumbernauld Colts and East Stirlingshire.

Scott said: “It was so pleasing to see the full stand last week.

“The atmosphere was brilliant and it was a proud moment for the club. It will make a huge difference for the players because we now have one of the best arenas in this league.

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“Hopefully there will be a big crowd for the game against the University of Stirling who are a very good side.

“ I watched them against East Kilbride on Saturday and they were very well organised with some real quality.

“So I’m under no illusion about how difficult it will be.”