Rovers set sights on Sanderson Cup silverware

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HAWICK Legion Rovers are looking to bring the curtain down on their season in style tonight as they battle it out for the Sanderson Cup.

But they will face a tough test at Selkirk’s Yarrow Park, with opponents Gordon having already defeated them twice this season.

However, manager Mick Hope is hoping they can thrive on their underdog tag.

He said: “Gordon have beaten us twice, they’re promoted and could end up being Division ‘C’ champions. We’re going to be up against it but it’s a cup final, a one-off, and anything can happen.”

Rovers haven’t experienced the best preparation for the final and are coming off the back of an 8-1 hammering at the hands of Biggar.

But Hope remains undaunted. He said: “We had a weakened team out against Biggar as there were a few players missing. It was also on a 3G pitch which is something we’re not used to playing on.”

One-time Hawick Waverley manager Hope has the luxury of selecting from a full squad for the final.

“I have a squad of 23 players which is great. Unfortunately, though, not all of them will make the full side so there will be some disappointed boys.

“Everybody is looking forward to the final and although the odds may be against us, I’m confident we can get a win.”

Included in the Rovers squad are two former rugby players in the shape of Liam Lawrence and Stefan Laidlaw who have made the seamless transition from the oval ball this season. Former Hawick Harlequins player Lawrence said: “I lost interest in rugby so I decided to give football a go and started training with the Rovers.

“I wasn’t even sure if I’d get a game and here we are in a cup final.”

While Laidlaw, who made the switch after dislocating his shoulder playing for the Quins, added: “A while back I would never have thought I would be playing in a cup final.” Kick off is 6.15pm.

n HAWICK Legion FC would like to thank Jamesie Thomson for the kind donation of training balls.