Hibs test next for red-hot Royalists

Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick
Hawick Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick

HAWICK Royal Albert manager Graeme Chadwick is hoping to carry his side’s recent cup form into the league as they prepare for their opening East of Scotland First Division match of the season tomorrow.

Supporters would need to trawl quite a distance through the record books to find the last time the Royalists recorded three wins in a row.

But after defeating Duns, Ormiston and Eyemouth that’s exactly what the current crop of Albert stars have done – and they have been earning rave reviews in the process.

However, they face a tough challenge to find their fourth successive win as they travel to league newcomers Hibernian East of Scotland tomorrow.

Lining up with a very youthful side, Hibernian EOS have been pulling off some impressive wins already.

The newly formed outfit, however, is not just about youth, as the league has stated that first team members, who have fallen out of favour or who are returning from injury, can play for them.

Chadwick told the Hawick News this week: “It’s a massive challenge for us but it’s one the boys are looking forward to.

“We’re on a wee winning streak and that’s something everyone at the club has worked hard to achieve and it’s something we will be looking to maintain.”

The campaign may well be in its infancy but Chadwick is already impressed with the team spirit in the camp.

And while he’s certainly not getting carried away by the early promise, he’s confident they can keep turning heads in the weeks and months ahead.

He said: “We will enjoy Saturday and I’ll be telling the boys this is a great opportunity to show what they’re all about.

“There is a togetherness within the squad this season and I’m very proud of the players.”