Derby day spoils up for grabs

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Hawick Waverley and Hawick Legion are set to cross swords in tomorrow’s hotly anticipated Border Amateur ‘A’ Division derby clash at Wilton Lodge Park.

And if their previous encounter is anything to go by – a 7-3 extra-time victory for Legion in the Waddell Cup – it should be quite a match.

The Hawick News spoke to the two respective sides’ strikers, Luke Cooper and Callum Hope, and Waverley’s Cooper kicked off by telling us: “Derby games are completely unpredictable, you just don’t know what is going to happen.

“Just take that last game. We were a goal up with just a minute to go.

“Legion then equalise, the game goes into extra time and we end up losing by four goals. Legion deserved their win at the end, though.

“Sean Owens turned the game when he came on as a substitute for them.

“Legion had a very strong bench and this paid off for them. We didn’t have that luxury but that’s the way it goes.”

Cooper added: “The last game was a cup-tie and although it was disappointing to get knocked out of
the cup, I would prefer that we win Saturday’s league match.

“We’re low down in the league and it’s important we get three points, and hopefully we’ll get some revenge, too.”

Legion marksman Callum Hope commented: “It’ll be a tough game against the Waverley. Sure, we won the last match against them by four goals, and sure it was a deserved win, but you just never know what is going to go on in a local derby.

“It’s not down to ability or form. It’s down to what team wants it more on the day.

As we went to press, Waverley announced that Neal McConnell has stepped down as player-manager but will continue as a player. Mickey Hope moves up from club coach to new team boss.