Graham gets Granite City start

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SEVENTEEN-year-old Ross Graham will be handed his first competitive start for Hawick tomorrow against Aberdeen, writes Gavin Gibbon.

And Greens coach Phil Leck said this week he has no problem throwing the teenage hooker in after Lindsey Gibson was ruled out through injury.

He said: “Not at all. He came on against Heriot’s last week and he had a stunner.”

Graham, whose older brother Stuart plays wing forward for the Greens, has been capped by the Scotland Under-18 side five times and captained the South Schools Under-18s last year.

And he was part of the high school side at under-16 level that won the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Plate in 2011/12. Leck said: “Rocky [Johnstone] and I are both delighted at how he’s progressed. He’s been patient and listened to everything that’s been said.

“He’s done his time with the YM, worked really hard and taken every opportunity. Now good luck to him.”

Leck is hoping his Greens side can keep up the momentum at Ruibislaw after watching them defeat title challenging Heriot’s last weekend.

He said: “We’re all looking forward to the match.”