Only a win will do for Greens

Bruce McNeil
Bruce McNeil

Bruce McNeil is focusing on nothing but winning this weekend when his Greens welcome close-rivals Melrose for their BT Cup tie.

The forthright Teri captain is preparing for the must-win visit of their local rivals after last weekend’s postponement due to a frozen pitch.

McNeil’s position on Hawick’s 2015/16 season is split. On the one side he is proud of what he and his teammates achieved prior to the winter disruption, while on the other he openly admits disappointment that they will once again be on the outside looking in when the League’s postseason beings in April.

Saturday, according to McNeil, is a chance to put a series of bad performances behind them and make sure their season continues with a semblance of importance, rather than letting it fade into nothing.

He said: “When you play Melrose you always want to beat them, but this weekend there is a bit more riding on it, it’s an important game.

“Saturday is basically our season now, the cup that is, and we want to make sure that we still have something to play for as the season slows down.”

Saturday is attempt number two in getting this fixture played after Mansfield Park was deemed unplayable last weekend due to an overnight frost.

The resulting rearrangement means Melrose visit with a severely depleted team. Eight players – and their head coach – are involved in Scotland’s Under20’s trip to Italy and the Scottish Club international fixture against the English Counties while Hawick are missing four – two on both teams.

“We are missing players just like they are and at the end of the day it is still going to be a ferociously tough game, it always is against them,” added McNeil.

“They are a well-drilled and trained side, so I don’t see us having an advantage over them in the slightest.”