Armstrong plays down pressure talk

Hawick coach Derek Armstrong
Hawick coach Derek Armstrong

HAWICK coach Derek Armstrong has refuted suggestions he is under increased pressure after watching his side lose their second game on the bounce.

The Greens have just a single point on the board following Saturday’s defeat to Boroughmuir.

But Armstrong, who has a 30 per cent win record in the league since taking charge at Mansfield Park at the start of last season, is confident that will soon change. He told the Hawick News: “You’re always under pressure when you’re coaching Hawick, but I’m not under any undue pressure.

“I’m giving it 150 per cent, as is Rocky (Johnstone, assistant coach) and the players and if that’s not good enough then so be it.

“We’ve only played two games and they were two games we could have won, so we could have been sitting here at the moment with eight points.

“Obviously that’s not the case, but we’re all working hard to turn things around.”

Hawick’s cause hasn’t been helped by a crippling injury list, with knocks suffered by Danny Landels, Ryan Hogg, Lee Armstrong and Rory Sutherland.

The Greens boss is looking forward to those clearing up ahead of a huge period for his side, which starts tomorrow at high flying Dundee and continues with home games against Aberdeen and Stirling, followed by a trip to Raeburn Place and Edinburgh Accies at the start of October and then two Borders derbies, at home to Gala and away to Melrose.

He added: “Hopefully we’ll get a win at Dundee and then we’ve got four big games coming up after that, which will go a long way to defining the first half of our season.”

n Wales and British Lions rugby legend Derek Quinnell will be the guest speaker at the pre-match hospitality before the South of Scotland v Barbarians match at Mansfield Park on Tuesday, October 11 (kick-off 4pm).

Tickets for the hospitality are £45 each and match tickets are £10 (grandstand) and £5 (terracing) and are available at or by phoning John Thorburn on 07929 655132.