Thorburn eyes historic period

John Thorburn
John Thorburn

Hawick vice-president John Thorburn believes the Greens are entering the most important three-week period in the club’s recent history.

And he has highlighted the players’ “unbelieveable drive” ahead of what could be a successful end to the season.

Tonight, Hawick face Peebles in the Booker Border League, and the Robbie Dyes can clinch their first piece of silverware since 2006 with victory at Mansfield Park.

There is a danger of over-confidence against a side a division below and playing for nothing but Thorburn’s relaxed demeanour is born of the quiet satisfaction at the way the team has performed this season.

“The next three weeks are the most important in the club’s recent history,” said Thorburn ahead of tonight’s contest.

“To be as close as we are to silverware is brilliant but nothing has been won yet. Peebles will be no walk-over, they are a tough Borders team who are going to want to come here and spoil the party.

“Nikki and the rest of the coaches have done a terrific job preparing everyone mentally for each game this season and when you are in situations like this, with a title on the line, that focus and drive are hugely important to finish off jobs.” Thorburn added: “There is a winning feeling about this year’s playing group.

“They’re all focused and have this unbelievable drive to keep pushing.

“That mentality is important when it comes to winning and why I think everyone is quietly confident we can end our long wait for a trophy.”

The vice-president admitted clinching the Border League title would be a huge achievement for the club and is hoping victory will propel the Greens to further glory in the BT Cup final on April 18.

“The hopes are if we can navigate them [Peebles] then the momentum from that victory could be translated into more success in the BT Cup against Boroughmuir.”