Albert’s bid to swell the number of young fans

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HAWICK Royal Albert are hoping fan power will help them secure their third league win of the season on Saturday against bitter rivals Gala Fairydean.

The last time Lawrie Dunn’s side played at home two weeks ago they were cheered on by an enthusiastic, young support.

And treasurer Dougie Purves is hoping for more of the same at tomorrow’s league game with Gala.

He told the Hawick News: “The support the Albert team for from the young boys during the Easthouses game was brilliant.

“It was great to hear and see. We’re wanting to encourage youngsters to support the Albert so for the Gala game anyone under 16 will get free admission, a free can of Coke and a free Mars Bar.”

And Dunn stressed how important the support was to his side.

he added:” The players were chuffed with the way they were cheered on against East- houses.

“Getting support like that meant a lot to them and they really appreciated it.”

Royalists were thrashed by Gala earlier in the season in the Scottish Cup and have a formidable task on their hands if they are to shoot down high flying Fairies.

A former Gala signing, Dunn, however, is looking forward to the clash regardless.

He said: “Steven Drummond may be the only Hawick boy in our squad, but all the players are well aware how important this match is.

“They’ve been told it’s a big derby game and about the greta rivalry between Hawick and Gala and they’re really wanting to do well for the Albert.

“The players are taking a great pride in playing for Hawick. I’m not going to make any predictions, all I’ll say is we’ll give Gala a game.”