Brunton aims verbal volley over players’ commitment

HAWICK Legion stalwart Billy Brunton has blasted the commitment of the club’s players as they edge ever closer to the relegation trap door.

The Wilton Lodge Park outfit are at the foot of the Border Amateur ‘A’ Division, but Brunton believes there is enough talent to be challenging at the other end of the table.

He said: “When I look at our squad, I wonder how we are bottom of the league as we have some really good players.

“Unfortunately, attitude seems to be a problem at times. Some players, not all of them, are not putting enough into a game.

“Numbers haven’t been good at training either. I’m well aware that guys work shifts and whatever, but I feel more effort should have been made to train regularly.

“I feel for our manager Clinton Sharkey. It’s been his first season as a manager and he’s put a lot into the job without always getting the response he deserved.”

Mathematically the Legion can still stay up, with three games to go – however, with those coming against high-flying Leithen Rovers and two derby matches against the Waverley, Brunton admits it looks ominous.

“Basically we have to win two games,” he said. “This is going to be a big ask and you don’t really get any harder games than these.”

Legion have been relegated to Division ‘B’ before and bounced back and Brunton is confident that, should they go down, then they will return to the top league.

He added: “If we go down again we will just have to accept it, get on with things and try to bounce back again the following season.”