Hughes throws down gauntlet in cup quest

HAWICK Waverley boss Bruce Hughes is urging his players to “buck up their ideas” ahead of tomorrow’s Beveridge Cup semi-final against Newtown at Wilton Lodge Park, writes John Slorance.

The Waverley are the only Hawick side in with a chance of lifting silverware this season and they’ve also got the Forsyth Cup on their radar.

“I was very disappointed with the way we performed against Hawick Legion on Saturday,” said Hughes. “And the players will have to buck up their ideas for the Newtown game.

“We’re capable of doing this, though, as I know I have a good squad and showed how well we can play when we beat Leithen Rovers, who are a top side, in the last round of the Beveridge Cup.

“Just the other week we drew with Newtown in the league, but I think we can do better this time and get a win, which would put us in the final.”

Talking of his side’s Forsyth Cup hopes, Hughes continued: “It’s a new competition and I would love for the Waverley’s name to be the first to be etched on it. We’ve got Duns Amateurs in the first round and a win would get us into the last eight.

“But a cup is not just handed over and we’ll have to work hard for it. It would be great, though, to bring some silverware to Hawick and would make out season.”

Tomorrow’s match sponsor is Armstrong’s Garage, Newmill.