Hawick YM skipper Bruce Campbell is relishing the chance for his side to test themselves against Hawick in tomorrow’s RBS Cup derby clash at Mansfield Haugh
The Redskins have not had their troubles to seek this season, with a shortage of players causing a weekly selection headache.
But Campbell feels the game against the Greens offers his side the opportunity to get back on track in the second half of the campaign. “These types of games are great for us as it gives the lads and the club a chance to prove ourselves against Premier One players,” he said. “ The game will give us the encouragement to hopefully kick on in the league and start to string some good performances together.
“The cup competition has always been great for the club, and getting to test ourselves against the likes of Hawick or Melrose is always important for our progression. We have a lot of young boys here at the club and they will get a physical test at the weekend, which will hopefully give us a bright future moving forward.
Campbell added: “The league has been difficult for us this year as we have been on the receiving end of some really bad defeats, but the cup can hopefully take our minds of it and we can put in a big performance for everyone on Saturday.”
“It’s been strange at training as we [Hawick and YM] normally train together, but this week we will be separate.
“We all know each other well and have played alongside one another all year, but there will be no friends on Saturday as we are hoping for a great game.”
Hawick’s Bruce McNeil says the match will be a lot more competitive than people think: “It’s going to be tough playing against the same boys we train with every week but it’s what we have to do,” he said.
“They have been pushing us [Hawick players] in every session all season and have some real talents who we are by no means taking lightly.
“They have not been playing well all season but in the cup against tougher opposition teams raise their game and that’s what we have to expect from YM on Saturday.”