Aitkin ‘encouraged’ by attitude of new Albert players

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HAWICK Royal Albert coach David Aitkin is confident the side can emerge from the doldrums sooner rather than later.

And he has revealed there is a positive attitude from the new squad of players to take the club forward.

He told the Hawick News this week: “Our last three games have been against Heriot-Watt University, Preston Athletic and Eyemouth United, who are three of the top teams in the league.

“We haven’t managed to get a win against them, but we’ve held our own and this has been encouraging to see, especially as we have a lot of new boys in the side.

“These new players are settling in very well. It’s going to take time before they get to know each other as a team on the park, but they’re improving all the time, they’re enthusiastic and want to do well.

“When you have an attitude like this then it’s a big help.”

Royalists entertain Kelso United at Albert Park tomorrow and Aitkin is confident they can notch only their second win of the season.

The former goalkeeper added: “We played Kelso early on in the season over there and got a draw and it was a game we could have won.

“Since then there have been a lot of changes in our team and Kelso won’t know what to expect from us, while we know how they’ll play. I’m not too concerned about what they will do, however, my concern is how we play.

“And after the way we performed against Eyemouth United last weekend I think we could do well against Kelso.

“We’ll certainly be up for the game. We’ll try to exploit Kelso’s weaknesses and with a bit of luck we can get a much needed result.”