Cottrell hoping ‘home’ comforts will provide advantage

THIS afternoon’s match will be like home-from-home for Hawick captain Greg Cottrell, writes Gavin Gibbon.

The former Boroughmuir player spent five seasons at Meggatland before making the move to Mansfield Park at the start of last season.

And he is hoping ‘home’ comforts against Dundee will count for something as they attempt to secure a spot in Premier One.

The 27-year-old plaster technician at Borders General Hospital told the Hawick News this week: “Meggatland is a place I obviously know well. It’ll be like my own pitch as I played there so long and hopefully some of the Boroughmuir boys will be along to cheer us on.”

Cottrell, who has led the side to 14 league wins this campaign, typifies the spirit of the Greens. At five foot seven and 75kg the scrum half is small in stature but his contribution this season has been gigantic.

And that is the way it has been throughout the entire campaign, with Hawick more than holding their own against much larger opponents and proving a great force to be reckoned with.

The former Scotland Under-18 and 20 international said: “Dundee are a good team. There wasn’t much between all the teams in the bottom half of Premier One and it could have been one of five we played at one point.

“They’re a big team with a big forward pack, but we’ve played against other big sides and it hasn’t phased us. We’ll be going into the match with nothing to fear.”

And Cottrell, who makes up a formidable Hawick back division, is hoping the support for the Green Machine can be their extra man as the season reaches an exciting climax.

“We always get a lift from the support and whether we’re at home or away the crowd is always superb,” said Cottrell.

“There’s no other side in the country that can rival them and their backing definitely makes a big difference to the players.”