Waverley and United up for cup

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Hawick Waverley and Hawick United are scheduled for cup action today, after the weather foiled previous attempts to stage the ties.

Waverley cross swords with Langholm Legion in the first round of the Waddell Cup at Wilton Lodge Park.

Looking ahead to the match, Neal McConnell, who became Waverley manager in December, told the Hawick News: “The game has been postponed twice, so hopefully it will be third time lucky 
on Saturday and the game will go ahead.

“Since I became manager there have been a few matches put off due to ground conditions and its been a bit stop and start for me.

“In the games that we have played I am quite happy with what I have seen, though.

“The players are taking on board the direction we are trying to head in.

“Training has been good and there is a good depth to the squad now. It’s a cup tie on Saturday and we are looking forward to it, and it would be great to get a win and go on to have a cup run.”

United are also at home as they face Ayrshire side Glenmuir Thistle for the second successive week in a third-round South of Scotland Cup tie.

The two clubs met last weekend in a game that was abandoned after 90 minutes due to atrocious underfoot conditions, with the scores level.

United team boss Geo Shepherd said: “Glenmuir are gutted at having to make the long trek back to Hawick and I don’t blame them.

“However, as last Saturday’s game didn’t bring about a result due to the match being abandoned, it had to be a replay.

“Having now played Glenmuir, we know what to expect.

“Glenmuir, as we found out, are a good footballing side, so we will have to close them down.

“I am sure it will be another close game, but we will be looking for a win.”