Mental attitude will be key to Scottish Cup win over Fairydean, says coach Aitkin

HAWICK Royal Albert coach Davie Aitkin is hoping his side can use their heads against Gala Fairydean this afternoon.

In what is the two sides’ biggest game of the season as they both go in search of Scottish Cup glory – with the money-spinning benefits that brings – the occasion has been intensified by the renewal of old rivalries between the clubs.

But Aitkin is calling on the Royalists players to stay focused and be patient.

He said: “If we can get our mental attitude right, keep away from slagging the referee and getting involved in personal vendettas, we can win.

“I think we have players with the ability to beat Gala, despite the way results have been going for us.

“I feel at times we’ve been trying too hard to impress this season. If we can be a little more patient and settled on the park then wins will start coming our way.”

Tomorrow’s match will be played at Yarrow Park as the Fairydean’s pitch is being transformed with a new 3G surface.

And Aitkin believes the venue is ideal for both teams.

He added: “Meeting Gala at Selkirk is a perfect game for us. There’s little travelling to be done, we know Gala and Gala know us and it should be quite a match.”

However, the Albert will line up against Fairydean without young striker Jordan Yardley who has been released.

A real maverick, Yardley, who is set to move to college in Hamilton, has impressed for the Albert this season since being signed up from Hawick Waverley.