RUNAWAY National League Division Two leaders Hawick YM have set themselves a new target – to go the entire season undefeated.
Their impressive record so far reads: played 13, won 13, lost 0, leaving them ten points ahead of their nearest challengers Berwick.
And with nine matches remaining, coach Jammie McFarlane told the Hawick News this week they are more than capable of pulling off the incredible feat.
He said: “We could very well take our foot off the pedal and coast home, get promoted and win the league. And because we’re so far ahead it’s easy to say the pressure’s off, but what I’m trying to do is keep the pressure on, because that’s what we thrive on.
“We’ve had to shift our goal and we now want to go the entire season unbeaten.
“They’ll never have a better chance, so we have to give it a go.”
With a potent mix of youth and experience in their ranks, the YM have proven to be formidable opponents.
Led by captain Billy Lilly, almost all have played at a higher level, with a huge number joining the club from Hawick at the start of the season.
And McFarlane sees no reason why they can’t return to Mansfield Park and even further.
“This could propel them to better things. It could be a starting point for many of them,” he said.
“And for the older ones it could be the icing on the cake for them in their careers.
“It wouldn’t make them the best YM squad ever, but it would certainly make them one of the most successful teams.
“They’ve got a chance to do something pretty special and I think they’re all aware of it. They’re playing well and training well and there’s a positive feeling about the place.”
After a season away from Mansfield Haugh, McFarlane was another who returned at the start of the current campaign.
And he too is looking forward to making history.
He added: “This is something that is unheard of in my lifetime. I’ve always said at the start of the season, no matter who it is I’ve been coaching, that my goal is to win every game and that’s how I prepare them. But very rarely does an opportunity like this present itself.”