hawick Royal Albert are aiming to turn the tables on Gala Fairydean Rovers following a 5-0 thumping at the hands of the Netherdale outfit in November, writes John Slorance.
This afternoon’s King Cup tie away to Gala sees Royalists determined to avoid a repeat of the scoreline the last time the two teams met in the Image Printers Cup, a match in which the Teries had the better of things for a good period of the first half, before blowing it through sheer lack of discipline. Two players were red carded and Royalists ended the game with only nine men. Team boss Chadwick also found himself in hot water when ordered out the technical area and into the stand by the referee.
Speaking to the Hawick News earlier this week, Albert sriker Kevin Strathdee, pictured, said: “The result of the last game was an injustice. No way was there five goals between the teams.
“We played Gala off the park for the first half-hour, but having two guys sent off changed the game and Gala came into the match.
“Had we kept 11 players on the park, though, we would have got the win.”
Included in the Gala squad that has lost its last two games and conceded 12 goals in the process is Hawick’s own Jason Inglis.
At top-quality player, Inglis said of the clash between the two old rivals: “Although we beat the Albert 5-0 in the Image Printers Cup, they played well and they are a much better side than they were last season.
“There was a big crowd at the last game and the atmosphere was brilliant. There could well be a big crowd again on Saturday, and that would be great.
“We have not played well in our last two games, so anything could happen against the Albert.”