Local sides fired up for derby

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Hawick Legion and Hawick United are set to renew their rivalry in tomorrow’s hotly anticipated derby at Wilton Lodge Park.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the two Border Amateur ‘B’ Division clubs, with the first taking place on the opening day of the campaign, when there were fireworks galore in the shape of four red cards, five yellows, plus the dismissal of two spectators from the touchlines. You name it and it all happened in this ding-dong match which saw Legion emerge 2-1 victors.

Legion manager Mark Deans told the Hawick News: “We’ve beaten United once this season and there’s no reason why we can’t beat them again.

“If we go in with the right attitude we can turn United over.

“We’ll just have to keep cool and play footballand this will win us the game.

“It’s not just a derby game, though, it’s a massive league game as well. We are top
of the league along with United.

“United need the points and so do we, so it should be quite a battle.

“Beating United would give all our players a real lift following the disappointment of being beaten by Eyemouth in the Wright Cup final on Saturday.

“We’ll be going all out to get a win.”

United team boss Geo Shepherd commented: “The game couldn’t have come at a better time for us as our heads are high having won five games in a row.

“We’ve been playing good football as well as scoring plenty of goals and you can’t ask for much more than that.

“We’re a lot better prepared than we were for the first game.

“Our boys want to prove themselves as well as setting the record straight after losing to the Legion last time.

“It’s a game that we’re looking forward to and Saturday can’t come quickly enough.”