Royalists will have to ‘buck up ideas’ for cup clash

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HAWICK Royal Albert switch from Saturday football to Friday night football in taking on Gala Fairydean Rovers in the second round of the Image Printers Cup at Albert Park tonight.

And the game has all the makings of being a real cracker.

Gala Fairydean, who have added Rovers to their title since the two clubs last met, now playing the Lowland League, and are firm favourites to progress into the third round of the competition.

It’s a derby game as well as a cup tie, though, and the Albert will be going all out to throw a spanner in the works and cause an upset.

Looking ahead to the game, Albert coach Davie Aitkin told the Hawick News earlier this week: “We will have to play a lot better than we did against Peebles Rovers in our last game if we are to get anything against Gala.

“I though we were very poor against Peebles and we will certainly have to buck up our ideas, get our attitude right, and our discipline sorted out for the game.

“Gala will be confident following their good win over Whitehill Welfare, and all I’m asking for is that win lose or draw, we go out and give the Hawick crowd something to cheer about.”

Included in the Gala squad are Hawick pair Dean McColm and Jason Inglis, who have both been regulars in Fairydean Rovers’ line-up throughout the season.

Former Hawick Waverley ace McColm, who made the big jump from Border Amateur football to the Lowland League, has indeed been shining for Gala, along with Inglis.

Speaking of matters, McColm said: “I am enjoying playing in the Lowland League. You play against good sides on really good pitches, and it has been just great.

“It’s going to be a bit weird playing against the Albert for a Gala side, but I am looking forward to the game.

“The Albert have done very well this season and this has been great to see, but I don’t
want them to do well against us.”

The cup tie, which is likely to attract a big crowd, kicks off at 7.45pm.