John Fettes, Hawick Royal Albert’s assistant manager, is urging fans to show their support in big numbers for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup replay
A late goal robbed Royalists of a place in the first round of the Scottish Cup at Newton Stewart on Saturday, with an injury-time strike earning the home side a 2-2 draw.
This was a bitter blow for Royalists as a battling Albert Park outfit emerged the better side through a five-star display that merited a win.
Tomorrow, however, the Albert have the opportunity to put matters into rights as they meet Newton Stewart in a replay tie at Albert Park.
And it’s a match that has all the makings of being a pot-boiler.
The visitors will be without suspended trio Dean Black, Dean Robertson and Robert Middleton, all of whom were red carded in the first game.
Looking ahead to the cup replay, Fettes told the Hawick News: “It was a good result for us to get a draw away from home on Saturday.
“But it was also a result that was tinged with disappointment as it was a game we had deserved to win.
“We dominated throughout the second half and played some good football. Scored two excellent goals, hit the bar, and were in the lead with just seconds to go.
“Newton Stewart then scored and this was soul-destroying for us.”
Fettes continued: “We showed we could play a bit, though, and this is encouraging.
“Newton Stewart have three guys suspended and this is encouraging, but I believe they have a strong pool, and it’s going to be a difficult game.
“Hopefully we will get a good support from the people of Hawick, as I know the players would appreciate this in getting the crowd behind them.
“It’s a massive game for us and it would be brilliant to get into the first round of the ‘Scottish,’ not just for the club but the town as well. And we’ll certainly be trying our best to do this.”
The cup tie kicks off at 3pm.
The winner of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup clash at Albert Park will face Cove Rangers in a first round tie on Saturday, September 13.