Legion boss looking to upset the odds in Wright Cup final

Clinton Sharkey, Hawick Legion manager
Clinton Sharkey, Hawick Legion manager

HAWICK Legion boss Clinton Sharkey is hoping for an almighty upset as his side face high-flying Ancrum in the final of the Wright Cup, writes John Slorance.

The Wilton Lodge Park outfit have struggled to find any form in the league – losing six of their last seven matches – and tomorrow’s opponents are firm favourites to lift the first silverware of the season.

Sharkey said: “We’re under no illusions. We know we’re massive underdogs.

“Ancrum are having a great season, they’re second top of
the Border Amateur ‘B’ Division and are definitely a very good side.

“At the start of the season we were undefeated in our opening seven matches. I’m just mystified how much our form has dropped.”

While their progress in the league may not be forthcoming, the same certainly can’t be said for their cup form.

Legion have seen off the challenges of Linton Hotspur and Eyemouth away from home and Winton on their own patch to book their place in the final.

“They are all good teams so we’re definitely in the final on merit,” said Sharkey.

Now in his second season in charge of the Legion, Sharkey is looking forward to experiencing cup final day as a manager.

And he insisted his troops have all the motivation they need to go out and upset the odds at Kelso’s Woodside Park.

He said: “I’ve been in cup finals as a player but this is my first as a manager. I’m looking forward to the day and so are the players.

“The team talk tomorrow before the game will take care of itself. I won’t need to say much to the boys as they know how important it is for themselves and for the club.

“It’s the Legion’s first cup final for a long time and it would be brilliant to bring the trophy back to Hawick.”

Legion captain Callum Hope is looking for his teammates to show the sort of form they displayed in the second half of Saturday’s 6-3 defeat to Eyemouth. Already 5-1 down at half time, Legion responded well to win the second half 2-1.

“We need to carry on what we did in the second half against Eyemouth,” said Hope. “Ancrum are the team to beat in the ‘B’ Division, but it’s definitely all to play for. If we can play to our potential, I’ve no doubt we can win the cup.”

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