South clash sees Utd enter the unknown

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Hawick United find themselves up against an unknown quantity in facing Law Parish Church in this afternoon’s South of Scotland Cup second round tie at Wilton Lodge Park.

The Tangerines are Hawick’s solve survivors in the competition with Hawick Waverley and Hawick Legion having fallen at the first hurdle.

Hailing from the village of Law, which is situated between Wishaw and Carluke, the visitors are a relatively new side as they were only formed in 2011.

The church men, however, have played in Hawick before when toppling Hawick Legion 5-1 in the self-same South of Scotland Cup.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s clash, United manager Geo Shepherd told the Hawick News: “Apart from knowing that they have beaten the Legion and won their league last season, I know nothing about the Law Parish Church team.

“We’ll be playing against the unknown but it will be the same for them.

“At the moment, we are really clicking, in scoring goals, as well as not giving away sloppy goals, which was something we had been doing.”

Welcoming the return of one of his strikers, Shepherd added: “The fact that Kevin Strathdee is back from a long suspension is good for us as Kevin knows where the net is and will score goals.

“The South Cup is the biggest competition we play in and it would be great to do well in it.”