Boss backs Tangerines to stay up

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HAWICK United manager George Shepherd is confident the Tangerines will be playing Border Amateur ‘B’ Division football next season.

Currently in third bottom spot, the Tangerines have six games remaining before the end of the season. But Shepherd believes they have enough in their armoury to avoid the dreaded drop.

He told the Hawick News: “I’m very optimistic we’ll stay up. It hasn’t been a good season for us but I’m confident we won’t be relegated. Our main problem has been that we’ve never had a settled side due to injuries, suspensions and players being unavailable.

“We’ve never been able to field the same side two weeks running and this hasn’t helped.”

Shepherd, however, feels that his side’s fortunes could well be changing. He added: “At the moment we have just a few injuries and no suspensions and what a difference this makes.

“We were able to turn out a strong side against Ancrum last Saturday and we won 1-0. That was a great win for us because Ancrum are a good side.

“Tony Reilly came out of retirement for that match and he’s now signed. He hadn’t played for a long time, but he added stability to the side.”

Looking ahead to his side’s away meeting with Stow tomorrow, Shepherd said: “We got a big lift from the Ancrum result and we go into this match with a new found confidence.

“Stow are well above us in the league, but we’ll be looking for a win.”