United ready for battle of Britain return

Hawick United's Kevin Strathdee
Hawick United's Kevin Strathdee
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HAWICK United are preparing to defend their trophy in the battle of Britain return match against AFC Stockport.

The Tangerines won the inaugural game in Hawick last year 8-4 and will be taking to the field tomorrow at Burnage Rugby Club in Greater Manchester looking for more of the same.

Captain Kevin Strathdee (pictured) said: “The boys are really looking forward to the game and especially the night out after it. I will, however, have it drilled into them that we are the holders and we will not be playing it as a friendly. It’s Scotland against England which gives the game a bit more extra spice.”

The link-up is a result of the friendship between Strathdee and former United player Mark Douglas, who is now the manager of AFC Stockport.

Mark explained: “I used to play for United when I lived in Hawick so we thought it would be a fitting tribute to amateur football if we had a cross border cup game each summer.”