THE time for talking is over as the football season kicks off in earnest this afternoon, writes John Slorance.
Hawick Legion and Waverley are both involved in cup action and it’s the battle of the Legions at Wilton Lodge Park as Jed come calling in the quarter-final of the Wright Cup.
Manager Clinton Sharkey said: “In the two seasons I’ve been manager we haven’t got one over on Jed, but I’m hoping that will change on Saturday. We are defending the cup which we won last season so we have something extra special to play for. We’ll be doing our best to get our name on the silverware again.”
Legion will be without new signings Sean Wilson, Nathan Douglas and Aaron Swailes.
Waverley hit the road as they face Leithen Rovers in the first round of the Border Cup.
And vice-captain Alan Campbell is confident they can progress.
He said: “Leithen are a good side, but there’s a lot more experience in the Waverley squad this season and this will be a big help.”
Rovers have three Hawick boys in their squad in Chris Watson, Gary Rathie and Simon Philbin, which should make the game even more interesting.
Legion Rovers have been given a bye into the semi-final of the Collie Cup and open their league season on Tuesday night away to CFC Bowholm. Hawick United’s first match is also in the league on Tuesday night at home to Coldstream; while Waverley travel to play Hearts of Liddesdale.
Hawick Royal Albert are away to Stirling University tomorrow in the East of Scotland League Cup, which is played in sections. The other sides in Royalists’ group are Duns, against whom the Hawick side will play their second tie on Tuesday night, Edinburgh University and Ormiston.
THE Albert have been drawn at home against St Cuthbert’s Wanderers in the first round of the Scottish Cup on September 14.