Cup offers chance for Rovers to make it five victories on the trot

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Hawick Legion Rovers bid to make it five wins in a row in this afternoon’s Collie Cup quarter-final against Melrose at Wilton Lodge Park, writes John Slorance.

Often regarded as Border Amateur ‘C’ Division whipping boys in the past, Rovers have certainly hit a purple patch of form this season.

And under the guidance of manager Darren McElrath and his assistant Alex Caldwell, the Wilton Lodge Park outfit have raised a few eyebrows with their fine displays.

Speaking to the Hawick News, McElrath said: “We had a good pre-season, but then lost our first league match 7-1.

“This was a wake-up call for us , though, and we’ve not lost a game since. I’m well aware that the bubble could burst, but at the moment we’re playing very well and getting results.

“There are young players in the squad such as Euan Gray, and experienced guys like Clinton Sharkey, so there is a good blend in the side.”

McElrath continued: “It’s an important game against Melrose as it would be brilliant for us to reach the semi-finals of the Collie Cup.

“Melrose beat us thrice last season and are a good side, but we’ll be going all out for a win on Saturday.”