‘Cup final feel’ to Currie clash

Scott MacLeod.
Scott MacLeod.

Hawick’s hunt for a BT Premiership play-off place intensifies this weekend, with just five games of the 2015-16 campaign remaining.

Greens assistant coach Scott MacLeod admits the Mansfield Park men are now entering a pivotal stretch of matches which will determine how successful this season will be for the club.

“There are four teams in line for a place in March’s play-offs [currently Ayr, Heriots, Melrose and Currie] but really there are five [including Hawick] in with a genuine shout, while the rest need some help if they’re to make it to the post-season,” said MacLeod.

The fifth-placed Robbie Dyes travel to Mallney Park, tomorrow (Saturday), to take on Currie, who sit fourth, in what could very well
amount to, when the season is all said and done, a de-facto final play-off place decider.

And MacLeod acknowledged any mistakes this weekend could prove fatal for his charges.

“Saturday’s game has a cup final feel to it, definitely one of the most important games we’re going to be playing as it could determine where this season goes for us,” he said.

“It’s massive. Currie are above us, and, if I’m honest, we can’t afford another similar performance to last weekend.

“We want to keep our fate of reaching the play-offs in our own hands and not have to rely on teams slipping up. We want to control our own destiny.

“Currie are tough, they stick to what they know, but we’re confident we’ll give them a good game.”

MacLeod added: “The margins for error get very fine around this time of year because time is running out.

“For us, it’s about making sure we get everyone in the right frame of mind, stick to our systems and structures and stay on course.”