Hawick Wanderers and Hawick Albion are set to battle it out on the national stage in their respective cup quarter-finals this weekend – and both clubs are quietly optimistic about their prospects, writes Alexander McLeman.
Wanderers lock horns with with Currie at Malleny Park, tomorrow (Saturday). The Scottish Under-18 National Youth League Cup last tie kicks off at 2pm. Albion take on Ellon at Mansfield Park in the under-16 version of the tournament on Sunday at 2pm.
Albion head coach Rocky Johnstone revealed this week that he has adjusted his side’s usual training routines so they are fully prepared for Sunday’s physical battle.
“We’ve played very well this season, punching above our weight in some contests, and the boys are looking forward to the test,” said Johnstone.
“Ellon are a massive side so I have been working the boys hard on rucks and mauls, getting them moving about and used to playing against a big team. They are keen to get out there and keep showing what they can do against tougher opposition and I think our league success will spur them on.”
Wanderers coach Graeme Renwick believes tomorrow’s game is make or break for his charges and admitted there will be little else to play for this season if they do not come out on top. “This weekend’s game is definitely a defining moment because I think the league is not really within reach any more,” he said.
“Currie are a tough outfit who are sitting second in their league but I really think we can give them a good test.”
Supporters wishing to travel with the Wanderers team bus, which leaves Mart Street at 9.30am, must contact the committee first to book their seat.