LAWRIE Dunn has defended his decision to train one night a week in Galashiels.
The Hawick Royal Albert boss has lost several players since his appointment, with Sean Owens, Liam Lavery, Jody Easdon and Peter Gellaitry dropping back down to the Border Amateur leagues.
That has led him to recruit bodies from outwith the town, prompting the decision to train in Galashiels.
He explained: “I want Hawick boys in the side and I would like to stress this. However, some Hawick players have left the club recently to play in the Border Amateur leagues. Because of this I’ve had to bring in guys from outside the town to get a team on the park.
“These players come from either the Bonnyrigg area or Edinburgh, but they’re all very keen to play for Hawick Royal Albert.
“Training is now going to be one night a week in Galashiels so that everyone can get together. On another night players will train locally.”
Meanwhile, Dunn is hoping to end Hawick’s home hoodoo against fellow strugglers Ormiston at Albert Park this afternoon.
Royalists haven’t won a game on their own patch for almost two years, but Dunn is looking to put that right.
He added: “My assistant Graeme Chadwick says the Ormiston game is a cup final for us, without any silverware.
“And he’s right as it’s a very important game. A win for us would be a huge lift for the players as well as the club.”
Dunn is boosted by the return of Andrew Maltman and Luke Cooper from suspension, while newcomers Paul Tansey and Craig Beattie will also be in the squad.