Royal Albert face stern test with visit of students

ROYAL Albert round off what has been a miserable League Cup qualifying campaign with tonight’s encounter against Stirling University tonight (Friday).

Premier league side Stirling are still in with a chance of making it to the next stage of the competition, and no doubt the students will be coming to Hawick with the object of teaching Royalists a lesson.

The Albert certainly have a formidable task on their hands in taking on the University outfit who are a well-organised, good footballing side.

Looking ahead to the match, Albert skipper Bryan Tait said: “It will be a difficult one for us as Stirling are a very good side.

“We will be without our keeper Willie Turner as he is suspended after being sent off at Gretna on Tuesday. However, Roddy McConnell is back in the side and this is good news for us and a real boost.

“Nobody will give us a chance against Stirling, but you never know.”

Talking of Tuesday’s defeat at Gretna, Tait added: “Apart from the last ten minutes we played really well.

“Sure, we fell to pieces at the end, but for 80 minutes we held Gretna and that was encouraging.”