Kid gloves Bruce gets the call as Albert’s youngest keeper

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HIGH school pupil Bruce Connelly is set to rewrite local footballing record books.

For the talented 15-year-old will be in goal for Hawick Royal Albert in tomorrow’s home game against Coldstream. And in doing so will be the youngest goalkeepr to have played for the Albert in the club’s 65-year history. A real budding prospect, Connelly, who has already sampled East of Scotland football this season with Kelso United and also plays to top boys’ side Carlisle City on Sundays, has joined Royalists on a short-term loan from the Tweedsiders, due to regular Albert number one Steven Walker being injured.

Connelly is delighted about getting the opportunity to play for the side, and told the Hawick News: “I play for Carlisle City Under-16s on a Sunday. We’ve been playing quite well this season and have a cup semi-final coming up. And if we win the final will be at Carlisle United’s ground Brunton Park.

“It would be a real thrill to play there, so here’s hoping we get the win.”

Bruce went on: “On Saturdays I’ve been sub goalkeeper for Kelso United. And although I’ve mainly been on the bench I have had a full game. Kelso have let me go out on loan to help the Albert out.

“When I was younger my dad used to take me to Albert games and I’ve always liked them. So I’m really pleased about getting the chance to play for them and I’m looking forward to the game.”

Looking ahead to his side’s clash with Coldstream, Albert manager Mick Murphy said: “Young Bruce will be in goal for us, and although he’s only 15 I have plenty of confidence in him. He’s trained with us and looks the part.

“There may be other new faces in the side as well, with Francis Martinez from Edinburgh, who played for the Albert when I was manager a few years back, possibly making a return. There might be another couple of Edinburgh boys in the squad too.

“Coldstream are down in the bottom half of the league like ourselves,” added Murphy. “So is should be a close game and I think we have a decent chance of getting a win.”