Fans can be our 12th man, says Chadwick

Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick
Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick

GRAEME Chadwick is hoping the Albert roar can help them book a place in the next round of the Scottish Cup tomorrow.

Royalists face South of Scotland League outfit St Cuthbert’s Wanderers in the first round of the cup at Albert Park.

And after successive recent disappointments in the competition, Chadwick is looking for a bumper crowd and for his side to put on a show.

He told the Hawick News: “This year we have been given another home tie and we know it will be a very hard game but one the players are really looking forward to.

“The home crowd will be massive for us. I can’t emphasise enough how a big support would be great for the players.

“Our players, regardless if they are from Hawick or elsewhere, give 100 per cent every game and we want to show the locals what the club means to us.”

The Albert have enjoyed a promising start to the season, with four wins under their belt from the opening six fixtures.

But tomorrow’s opponents, the experienced, Kirkcudbright-based Wanderers, are on an impressive six-game unbeaten streak.

And Chadwick knows his side will have to be at their best if they are to progress.

He said: “We know this is a massive opportunity and I will be reminding the guys that hey may never get opportunity to play in the Scottish Cup again so seize the moment, enjoy it and give me everything they have.”

One player ready to give exactly that and more is Kevin Strathdee.

The Albert’s star striker has banged in four goals in four games for the rejuvenated East of Scotland First Division side.

And after returning from holiday this week he’s hoping to hit the target again tomorrow.

Strathdee said: “I’m buzzing for the game, like everyone at the club. I’m just back from holiday and I’m eager to get back in about it.

“Hopefully Saturday will be a great day and there will be a big crowd down at Albert Park to cheer us on and get the win we’re looking for.”