Local sides ready to do battle in respective cup comps

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HAWICK Royal Albert will be looking to continue their impressive form against Premier League opposition when they entertain Leith Athletic in the South of Scotland Challenge Cup today, writes John Slorance.

It will be the third week in succession that the Albert have faced opposition from the top division, having previously played Edinburgh University and Stirling University.

And although they are yet to record a win, Royalists have shown they can more than hold their own against the big boys.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s match, striker Kevin Strathdee said: “We did well against the two university sides and there’s no reason why we can’t do the same against Leith.

“For a good few seasons now teams have been coming to Albert Park expecting to win. Not this season, though, and I don’t think Leith will be looking forward to coming here as they know they’ll get a game.”

Also chasing silverware this afternoon are Hawick United, who take on Ancrum at home in the South of Scotland Cup.

Manager Geo Shepherd said: “This is the biggest cup that United play in and we’re hoping to do well. Ancrum will be a big test, but we go into the game with confidence as we’ve picked up a lot in our last two matches.

“We played particularly well against Eyemouth on Saturday and if we can perform the same way against Ancrum then I’m confident we can get a win.”