Cup tie lifts pressure off Albert

Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick
Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick
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Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick insists there’s little pressure on his charges ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup clash.

Royalists travel to face Cove Rangers in a first round tie, but since beating Newton Stewart in the preliminary round, the Hawick outfit have struggled in the league, securing justone point from a possible nine.

Speaking ahead of the trip north, Chadwick said: “After a great win over Newton Stewart in the preliminary round, we have not been good in the league, and were terrible last weekend against Burntisland [Shipyard].

“I think the Scottish Cup has been a distraction and some of the lads have taken their eye off the league, which has been disappointing. We have to be realistic and know we are not going to be winning this thing [the Scottish Cup] and not take our eye of the league which we have a strong enough squad to challenge for.”

Chadwick continued: “We will go up there with little pressure on us as most people don’t expect us to take much from the game but we are aiming for a good performance so we can take it into the
league.”

Royalists will be bolstered by the return of captain Michael Makenzie following a two-game suspension and Nicky Cairns, after an extended holiday, who Chadwick admitted have been big losses and hopes can help his ailing side return to form against formidable opposition.

“They are ex-Highland League champions with a lot of ex-professionals in their ranks so we know they will be a tough unit to break down but we have a very strong side here and there is no reason why we should fear them.

“It is not a coincidence that Michael and Nicky have been away and we have been struggling in the league. I am sure with them back now it will be a lift for the whole team and we can now kick on and get back into form.”