Walker braced for Goldenacre test

Hawick coach Nikki Walker

Hawick coach Nikki Walker

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Hawick head coach Nikki Walker admits his side face a big step up in competition this afternoon against five-time Premiership winners Heriot’s at Goldenacre.

The Greens have feasted on Marr and Selkirk in recent weeks, racking up two 40-point wins, and while the results are promising, a resurgent Hawick side face a far sterner test when they lock horns with the second- placed Edinburgh side.

Walker, however, is buoyed by his charges’ recent performances against top-four teams Melrose, Gala, Ayr and Heriot’s, against whom they lost by a whisker earlier in the season, and hopes that their form continues, with some luck going his side’s way.

“The boys played really well against Marr and Selkirk but this weekend is a big step up,” he said.

“We made stupid mistakes in the second half of both of our recent games. We can’t allow it to happen on Saturday otherwise Heriot’s will simply run away with the game.

“Confidence is high in the campand I don’t see why we can’t surprise a few people with a win up there. We do have a good record on their patch in recent years and we have performed well against the other top-four sides.”

Walker added: “We’ll raise our game and hopefully some luck goes our way to avenge the earlier loss to them this season.”

Wednesday’s BT Cup third round draw handed Hawick an away tie at Edinburgh Accies on Saturday, January 3.