HAWICK Legion are just one step away from the Wright Cup final.
Standing in their way of the showpiece match is Winton, who they are hoping to overcome tomorrow at Wilton Lodge Park.
It is a remarkable turnaround for the club, who were relegated to Division ‘B’ at the end of last season.
And manager Clinton Sharkey is delighted with the progress made so far this season.
He told the Hawick News: “It’s been a very encouraging start for us. We’re playing well and our confidence is growing.
“Last season is in the past and we’re now looking forward to doing something this season.”
An influential player in the Legion line-up has been striker Callum Hope, who returned to the ranks after two seasons with Leithen Rovers.
During his time with the Innerleithen outfit Hope won back-to-back South Cup medals and tasted Border Cup, Waddell Cup and Beveridge Cup success, while also finishing second in the ‘A’ Division twice.
It may have been considered a bold move to come back to the Legion, but it’s one that is so far bearing fruit.
Hope, who is club captain, said: “Playing Winton is our biggest game of the season and being in a semi-final at this stage of the campaign is some achievement.
“It was a difficult decision to return to the Legion, but after seeing the commitment of the players at pre-season I decided to give it a go.
“As captain I’ve been trying to instil a winning mentality into the boys. I’ve been telling them to have more belief in themselves.
“So far it’s been working. There is a long season ahead, though.
“We’ll just be taking it one game at a time and hope- fully we’ll be able to bring a bit of success back to the Legion.”