Rovers hoping for rub of green in semi-final

Legion Rovers manager Darren McElrath
Legion Rovers manager Darren McElrath

THE season may only be under a month old, but Hawick Legion Rovers can book themselves a place in a cup final tomorrow.

The Wilton Lodge Park outfit take on Kelso Thistle in the semi-final of the Collie Cup –in what will be their first match in the competition.

Manager Darren McElrath told the Hawick News: “We got a free run to the semi so it’s a bit surprising.” The campaign has got off to the worst possible start for Rovers, who have yet to win a game and have shipped goals at will, conceding seven and nine in two separate encounters.

And at the other end they have found goals hard to come by.

But McElrath believes they have been unfortunate so far and is hoping lady luck is shining on the Hawick side tomorrow,

He said: “The poor start is hard to explain. Most of the goals we’ve conceded have been counter attacks so maybe we need to be more confident at the back.

“The players deserve a break. They’ve been playing good football but unfortunately they’ve been unable to score. We’ve probably deserved something out of some of our games.”

Thistle are currently in third place in the Border Amateur ‘C’ Division, having played five, won two, drawn one and lost two.

Rovers, who have been assisted in their training by Legion manager Clinton Sharkey, have plenty of incentive, having reached the final of the Sanderson Cup last season, only to lose out to Gordon.

“The lads are up for the game,” said McElrath. “They got to a final last year and want to go one better this year, so they don’t need much motivation.

“We’ve got a couple of players back from the [Legion] firsts who should give us the goals we’re missing.”