Hawick Royal Albert and Hawick United are set to lock horns in a friendly match at Albert Park tonight (Friday).
Looking ahead to the game and the forthcoming campaign, Albert team boss Graeme Chadwick said: “I’m quite excited for the new season. A few of last season’s side have left the club and so far I’ve signed eight new players and I hope to be adding more new faces to the squad soon.
“Jordan Dunsmore, a promising young goalkeeper who has been with Tynecastle Under-21s, has joined us. We’ve also signed Calvin Muttitt from Spartans Under-19s, Chris McLeod from Selkirk, Greg Summers from Civil Service Strollers, and Murphy McKenzie from Ormiston.
“Nick Ramsay and Louis Young, who played junior and Edinburgh amateur football, have also been brought in. Kyle McCulloch, a former Albert player, has come back to the club, and I’m trying to sign Kevin Domingo who is a Zambian amateur internationalist.
“Most of these guys will be playing against Hawick United in what I’m sure will be a tough game,” said Chadwick.
United manager Geo Shepherd commented: “We’ve played some friendlies – Gala Fairydean Rovers beat us 5-3 and we lost 12-2 to an Edinburgh amateur team.
“We’ve been trying out a few new boys in these games, and we’re looking forward to playing against the Albert.”
The match kicks off at 7.45pm.
Meanwhile, Royal Albert have been drawn away to South of Scotland side Newton Stewart in the preliminary round of the Scottish Cup.
Chadwick added: “It’ll be a hard game but we have to believe we are capable of winning.”