Rovers are leading the way with youth and experience

APART from encouraging happenings within the youth scene, it hasn’t been a good season so far for Hawick’s football sides.

The Albert, Waverley, Legion and United are all in the lower halves of their respective leagues.

But there is a glimmer of hope in the shape of Hawick Legion Rovers, who are firing on all cylinders and are currently fifth in Border Amateur ‘C’ Division.

Manager Graeme Slorance said: “We got the season off to an excellent start and this was very encouraging. Since then we’ve had a few hiccups and results haven’t always gone our way, but overall I’m happy with the way things have gone for us.”

With William Monteith banging in goals for fun up front and young Euan Reilly keeping them out at the other end, Legion Rovers have a potent mixture of young starlets and old heads.

And Slorance believes it’s the perfect combination. He added: “The side is a good blend of youth and experience and this works for us.

“We have a few promising youngsters coming through like Andrew McFarlane, Andrew Tinlin and Dale Drummond. Along with others, they have all shown up well, with goalkeeper Reilly, in particular, being out-standing.

“Euan played rugby before he came to us and he’s pulled us out the mire on several occasions with some great performances.

“Among the more exper-ienced players, Richard Turnbull and Richard Snowdon have played well and there’s a good balance to the team.”

However, Slorance admitted one vital ingredient is missing if they are to be successful.

He added: “Some of the younger boys need to believe in themselves.

‘‘We’re still involved in a few cups and it would be brilliant to win some silverware.

‘‘This isn’t beyond us and we’ll be aiming to pull this off.”