Understrength Royalists to kick off the new season

Hawick Royal Albert boss Mick Murphy
Hawick Royal Albert boss Mick Murphy

HAWICK Royal Albert recorded their only win last season at Ormiston’s Recreation Park.

Today (Saturday) they return to the scene of that elusive victory and will be hoping, wishing and praying for a similar result.

And what a boost that would be for the Albert Park outfit, who make the trip with a new look squad for what is their opening game of the term.

But unfortunately, due to the holiday period, they will be missing several key players for the clash.

Manager Mick Murphy (pictured) said: “I wish the season had started a week later as we have boys on holiday. We had to call off our friendly game against Edinburgh Barcelona at Albert Park last Saturday as we couldn’t raise a team. This week we have four guys missing and that’s a bit of a disaster.”

Talking of the match itself, he added: “We beat Ormiston last season simply because we never let them settle from the start.

“Everybody did a job for us and we deserved our win. They are likely to have a few new players, but our attitude will be the same.”

At the time of going to press, Murphy was still to reveal his list of new signings. But he said: “I’ve fixed up some players and I’m set to sign others, but I’d rather wait until I have everybody before I make an announcement.”

Following their clash with Ormiston, the Albert entertain Berwick Rangers Reserves at home on Tuesday night.