Legion in the thick of ‘A’ league relegation battle

HAWICK Legion face four “cup finals” between now and the end of the season in their bid to stave off relegation.

The Wilton Lodge Park outfit were in a similar position last season and managed to stay in the ‘A’ league, and team boss Clinton Sharkey is hoping they can pull off the great escape again.

Talking ahead of today’s clash with Leithen Rovers, he said: “We have four games left and I think six points would make us safe. Fingers crossed, but I think we’re capable of doing it.

“We play Leithen Rovers twice and Hawick Waverley twice, and they are both good sides, but I think this will suit us as this season we’ve been inclined to play well against the better teams.

“The four games we have left are more or less cup finals, and are massive matches for the club.”

Legion have been boosted by the return of former club captain Roddy McConnell, which will be a “big help”, added Sharkey.

Included in the Leithen Rovers squad are three former Legion players in Chris Watson, Gary Rathie and Callum Hope.

THE search is on for a new goalkeeper at Albert Park after Gorebridge-based Andy Jack, who has starred for the Albert since being signed by manager Lawrie Dunn, decided to take a job in Wales. Royalists fielded Steven Hay, from Newtongrange Star, as a trialist in Saturday’s defeat at Gala Fairydean, due to Jack being at a wedding, but the former is likely to remain at Newtongrange.

Royalists have released defender Paul McCallion.

HAWICK Royal Albert are planning to run an under-19 side next season, and a manager or coach is being sought to take charge of this outfit.

Committee members are also needed for this team of budding stars.

Anyone interested should contact Thomas Clark on 07527 769288.