Hawick Royal Albert will be involved in the romance and glamour of the Scottish Cup on Saturday when they take on Huntly at Albert Park.
It’s a big occasion for the Royalists as well as Hawick football when they take on the Highland League outfit in a first-round tie.
Talking of his side’s forthcoming cup clash, Albert manager Dean Shanks told the Hawick News: “It’s a massive game for us.
“Playing in the Scottish Cup is a great honour and our guys are really excited about it. Not many players get the opportunity to play in the Scottish Cup so it’s a huge thing for them to be able to do so.”
Shanks added: “We are under no illusions that it will be a tough game.
“It will be a big step up for us from our preliminary cup win over Wigtown the other week as Huntly are a Highland League team.
“This means they will be strong and physical and the football they play will be of a high standard.
“However, we have been playing well and are at home. The guys are up for the game and hopefully there will be a big crowd.
“It would be brilliant to get a win for Hawick and we will be certainly trying our best to do this. Another important thing is that the players enjoy the thrill and occasion of playing in the Scottish Cup.”
Saturday’s game will be the second meeting of the two clubs in the Scottish Cup.
In September of 2009, Huntly demolished Royalists 7-0 at Albert Park.
The Albert played most of the match with only ten men due to the first half sending-off of Gavin Watson.
This meeting resulted in the Albert being accused of being part of a match-fixing scandal following betting irregularities.
The club denied any wrongdoing and no action was taken by the police or the Scottish Football Association.