McNeil eyes double over Ayr

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Bruce McNeil has told Hawick to forget their recent league struggles against top four sides and concentrate on doing the double over Ayr.

The Greens, who take on the Millbrae men at Mansfield Park, tomorrow (Saturday), have secured just three wins in the BT Premiership this season and after Saturday’s defeat to Heriot’s at Goldenacre, the Robbie Dyes are only one point outside the relegation zone and face an uphill task to gain a top-four place.

Asked if the Greens had any hope of finishing in the top quartet and if the club are facing a relegation dogfight if they do not beat Ayr, McNeil told the Hawick News this week: “I can understand looking at it we might find it hard to make the top four if we lose [against Ayr] but we still believe we have a chance.

“We are by no means out of the running for a top-four finish. We just need to re-establish the momentum and confidence we had built up in recent weeks and get some consistency going.

“The way the league is now, with top-quality teams throughout the division, you are never really out of a relegation battle, but all the boys are thinking about is easing the pressure and getting back to winning.”

McNeil added: “We haven’t done that well against top four sides this season and we know Ayr will be tough.

“But we’ve beaten them once already this season and I don’t see why we can’t do the same again this weekend and secure a double over them.”