McNeil eyes capital gains in cup

Bruce McNeil

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Hawick are aiming to “right the wrongs” of their defeat at Edinburgh Accies in October when they travel to face the capital outfit in tomorrow’s last 16 BT Cup tie (1.30pm), writes Alexander McLeman.

The Greens’ most recent trip to Raeburn Place saw them mired in a run of poor form with just two victories in seven, and anchored in the relegation zone. Since then, however, the Mansfield Park men have turned results around, racking up notable wins over Gala, Ayr and Selkirk in the league and cup to become genuine play-off contenders and possible cup quarter-finalists.

McNeil, who is convinced the side who lost 28-13 at Accies in October have come a long way, said: “Accies will tough and the last time we played them we were horrendously bad, gifting them the win. For the weekend’s game, however, there will be little motivation needed as we not only want to right the wrongs from the last result but we also want to earn a place in the next round of the cup and begin 2015 the right way.

“We’ve been in some good form recently and since the last time we played them we haven’t really put much of a foot wrong. The club have come on leaps and bounds, winning some big games, getting ourselves away from the relegation zone [in the league] and into a play-off race while also keeping ourselves in two cup competitions.”

McNeil added: “Another big performance this weekend will keep our form up while setting us up for what could possibly be a great 2015.”