Armstrong bemoans side’s back problems

HAWICK are facing a selection crisis in their back division ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup match against Selkirk.

Utility back Graham Hogg has damaged ankle ligaments and is expected to be out for a month, while winger Craig Robertson also has an ankle injury which will see him sidelined for four weeks. And inspirational young tyro Stuart Hogg has a Scotland Under-20 trial match tonight and so is unavailable.

Coach Derek Armstrong said: “We’ve got no strength in depth and I don’t know what we’re going to do. It’s that bad.”

The Greens have appealed to their neighbours at Mansfield Haugh to help them out, with Dean McCracken and Neil McColm both contacted this week.

But, with the YM themselves facing a tough trip north to face HIghland, Armstrong said he sympathised with any Redskins player who preferred to stay put at this stage of the season.

“The YM have said they will help us out, but their boys are wanting to stay there and help them win the league and that’s fair enough,” said Armstrong.

“It’s a real worry because we’ve looked around the junior teams, but we can’t just fling anybody in. That wouldn’t be fair on the player, the team or the Hawick supporters.”