Hughes looks for derby-day tonic as Shepherd bemoans unpredictability

Bruce Hughes
Bruce Hughes

HAWICK Waverley and Hawick United are set to battle it out in the South of Scotland Cup tomorrow.

It’s the biggest competition that the two respective clubs are involved in.

George Shepherd

George Shepherd

And it’s an even bigger occasion given the local rivalries that will be renewed at Wilton Lodge Park in an encounter that has all the makings of being a thriller. Looking ahead, Waverley manager Bruce Hughes told the Hawick News: “Both teams will be up for it, that’s for sure. We’ll be giving 100 per cent and so will United so anything could happen.

“United are a league below us but in no way will we be underestimating them. They have some very good players and will be going all out to topple us. We’ll just have to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“The game is the perfect chance for us to bounce back from last week’s 5-1 defeat to Leithen Rovers and we’re looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, after a Jekyll and Hyde season so far, United boss George Shepherd is just hoping it’s the right United that’s ready to play.

He said: “We’ve been a bit unpredictable this season, playing really well one week and then struggling the next, so I hope it’s the good United that turns up on Saturday.

“Last week we had five players banned, but we beat Tweedmouth Amateurs and four of them have served their suspensions and are available for the Waverley game which is great news for us.

“Being a ‘B’ Division side against an ‘A’ Division side we’ll be the underdogs but that’s the way we like it.

“We’ve been training hard and would love to cause an upset.”

n Hawick youngster Bruce Connelly, who seemed set to join Hawick Royal Albert as cover for goalkeeper Paul Tansey, has signed for Selkirk.

The 16-year-old was on the bench last weekend as the Souters drew with Lothian Thistle.