Under-17s aiming to lead by example

ALTHOUGH the record books point to a poor season for senior football in Hawick, the town’s youth scene is an entirely different story as the set-up goes from strength to strength.

Teams in various age groups have all been making their mark and some very promising youngsters have been coming to the fore. And all of these teams are well organised and well coached, and the youngsters have certainly been enjoying their football under the banner of Hawick Youth.

Coached by Stuart Oliver and Drew Lauder, the under-17s are unbeaten this season. Reflecting on the team’s fortunes, Oliver told the Hawick News: “It’s been a good season for us. We’ve had two draws and not lost a game in the league, so we are in with a good chance of winning the championship.

“Winning the league is our main aim but we would love to win the cup as well and make it a double. Hopefully we’ll be able to do this.”

This Sunday the under-17s take on Gala at Albert Park in a game that is vitally important in terms of their trophy aspirations. Oliver continued: “Last season we were runners-up to Gala in the league and the cup. And this season we’ve played them twice, beating them 6-1 in the first game and drawing the other 2-2.

“Gala are a good side but if we show the right attitude we can get another win. Drew Lauder and myself will certainly be motivated for the game and we’ll also have the players up for it.

“Youth football is going very well in the town and as the oldest team we’d like to set an example and win some trophies. And that’s what we’re striving to do.”