No motivation needed as YM go in search of victory to clinch title

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JAMMY McFarlane insists there will be no need to motivate his players ahead of tomorrow’s trip to RHC.

That’s because they know victory will guarantee them the National Division One title.

And he revealed it could provide the perfect swansong for a number of the current crop, both old and young.

McFarlane said: “To be fair the players are hungry every time they go on the field and I can’t think of many times this season when they haven’t given it their best shot.

“Getting players motivated has never been a problem and it won’t be tomorrow. Some will never see the likes of this again and for some it might be their last game for the YM before moving on, so we’re hoping it can be something special for them and for everyone.”

The YM lost Lee Armstrong, Neil McColm and Lewis Mallin at the end of last season and McFarlane admitted he wouldn’t be surprised if potential suitors were lurking once more.

Youngster Matthew Douglas has secured a deal with the Academy at Newcastle Falcons, while big things are also expected of fellow teenager Stuart Graham and former centre Rory Scott has proven a revelation in his new role as wing forward.

And the Redskins have a formidable squad of talent which will no doubt have caught the eye of other sides.

“That’s what we’re here for, to develop players who will be good enough to play for Hawick and ultimately the professional sides,” said McFarlane.

Tomorrow will also provide the perfect opportunity for the YM to recover from their semi-final heartache at the hands of Musselburgh two weeks ago.

McFarlane added: “It’s daunting and it’s a huge game, but this is their chance to bounce back. We haven’t lost two games in a row for years and it can’t happen this weekend.”

The YM have a full complement to choose from for tomorrow’s match with Douglas recovering from a knock sustained against Musselburgh and both Graham and Ross Armstrong back.

n The club is running a supporters’ bus, which will leave Mart Street at 1pm. Anyone interested should contact Brian Smail at Keystore Express.