New manager keen to get Hawick winning now

New gaffer Kevin Milne
New gaffer Kevin Milne

Milne admitted that it is important to start his tenure at Hawick off with a win.

He said: “With it being near the end of the season, every point is vital.

“Coming in at this stage of the season there is no waiting around. That’s been put to the players so hopefully they step up to the challenge.”

The Lowland League tie will be his first competitive game in charge of Hawick, but they did play mid-week friendly against Dalbeattie Star on Tuesday night.

Star won the game 2-0, but Milne is remaining positive about his new team.

“In terms of performance the guys were excellent,” he said. “You could see the confidence grow as the game went on so hopefully they can take that into the game on Saturday.”

Before taking over from Dean Shanks, who left Hawick due to imminent fatherhood, Kevin was managing Hibernian Ladies and, before that, Hearts Ladies.

He says the change in returning to the mens’ game is minimal.

“Fundamentally it’s the same,” he said. “The approach is the same, but obviously the dressing room procedure is a little different.

“But I’ve been at that level before so being in that environment isn’t any different.”

Hawick are sitting 14th in the league, ahead of Selkrik on goal difference only and the two teams are ahead of bottom placed Preston Athletic by six points.

Edinburgh University sit above Hawick in 13th place and are clear of them by six points, so a an away win for Hawick could significantly improve their chances of moving up in the league.

But the new manager, who is also joined at the team by assistant manager Grant Scott, asserts that avoiding relegation is his first and most important priority.

“The goal is to stay up in the Lowland League,” he said. “If we can finish in a couple of places higher than where we are that would be great, but staying up is the objective and we need to win games to take care of that.”

He added: “I will start thinking about the next season once this one is over and we stay up.

“We’ll have a look in the summer and take in a few players, but so far I’m happy with what I’ve got. There’s not going to be a m ass haul of players leaving.”

Having said that, Hawick have recently signed a new goalkeeper from Penicuik Athletic in the form of Andy Jack.