Legion avoid the drop ‘by skin of their teeth’

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HAWICK Legion are safe for another season in the Border Amateur ‘A’ Division.

The Wilton Lodge Park outfit’s destiny was confirmed on Saturday when fellow relegation candidates Jed Legion lost to Duns Amateurs and the Jedburgh club joined already doomed Greenlaw in the ‘B’ Division.

But their escape came as a result of nothing more than goal difference.

Coach Brian McConnell (pictured) said: “We made it by the skin of our teeth and we’re all very happy.

“It’s not been a good season, but it should have been a lot better with the strong quality of players we have in the squad.

“We’ve made it hard for ourselves mainly by not being consistent enough, but we’ve got away with it.”

And McConnell said there was plenty still to play for.

He added: “We’re still in two cup competitions, but we’ve not had the best of draws. Tomorrow we meet West Barns Star in the Beveridge Cup and in the Waddell Cup we play either Gala Rovers or Pencaitland.

“These are tough games but we’ll just have to try our best and hopefully we can enjoy a cup run.”

n Hawick Royal Albert are staging a smoker and presentation night in their Albert Park clubrooms next Friday night. Guest speaker is Alex Totten, former Falkirk and Kilmarnock manager, who was in charge of Alloa Athletic when they played against the Albert in the Scottish Cup. Compere is Dougie Leithhead.

Tickets, priced £10, are available from Douglas Prowse on 373006 or 07933294668.