Royalists ready for capital cup battle

The William Hill Scottish Cup, Scotland’s biggest footballing competition.

A competition that features the minnows as well as the giant fish and those in between.

Hawick Royal Albert are amongst the minnows in the first round of the tournament which takes place on Saturday. Royalists cross swords with Civil Service Strollers in Edinburgh in what is a massive game for both clubs.

A second round spot would bring about financial rewards as well as great prestige.

Glancing ahead to the cup tie, Albert manager Dean Shanks told the Hawick News: “We beat Civil Service 5-0 in the Lowland League in our first game of the season, but you can chuck that game out of the window as results mean absolutely nothing.

“Civil Service have been doing quite well and will be up for the game but so will our guys.

“It’s a great opportunity for a Lowland League team to get into the second round of the ‘Scottish’ and it will be all about who wants it most on the day”.

Adding Shanks said, “We are scoring goals but need to start tightening up at the back as we have been conceding goals through basic mistakes and we can’t afford to do this on Saturday.

“In our last few games against the Strollers we have had good results so hopefully this will continue”.

Daryl Johnson, Ewan Sanderson and Neil Smeaton, who were all missing from the Albert side that went down to Dalbeattie Star last weekend return to the squad.

Winners of their five opening games of the season in swashbuckling style, Hawick United travel to take on Kelso Thistle in the quarter final of the Wright Cup.

In another quarter final meeting in the same competition, Hawick Legion are away to Biggar United.

Hawick Legion Rovers hit the road to tackle Selkirk Victoria in the quarter final of the Collie Cup.

Hawick Waverley face Tweedmouth Amateurs away from home in a Border Amateur ‘A’ division encounter.