HAWICK Royal Albert boss Mick Murphy remained positive despite watching his side go down 5-1 at home.
And he had plenty to be upbeat about as his new-look Albert outfit gave a purposeful show against a youthful Falkirk side.
Marshalled by the former Legion and Waverley combination of Roddy McConnell and Chris Batten, their defence held up well, while Andrew Maltman showed a tremendous engine and Liam Lavery provided a constant threat, quite rightly being named man-of-the-match for the home side. Up front, young tyro Jordan Yardley’s pace and power were also a menace.
Altogether though, regardless of the scoreline, it was a fine team performance.
This was acknowledged by Murphy, who said: “The boys did very well against a very good, young Falkirk side who knocked the ball about well and were well coached.
“We had our chances and could well have been two goals up at one stage and this could have changed how the game went.
“Okay we ran out of steam and all the players were very tired at the finish. But they had all played their hearts out and had every reason to be proud of themselves.”
With new players and a new committee there was a buzz back at Albert Park as the stand filled with supporters.
And Murphy hoped many would return for the forthcoming season, which he predicted would be a lot better than previous campaigns.
He added: “It was a great experience for our guys playing in front of such a big crowd.
“Considering we had a lot of new faces, I thought it was a great show.
“We had a few players missing and when they return I think we’ll have a strong squad that could do well this season.”