Nikki Walker insists it is time for Hawick to shake off their nearly men tag as he prepares his side for tomorrow’s Border League clash at Gala.
In his maiden season at the helm of the Greens, player-coach Walker has steered the club to within a hair of the BT Premiership play-offs, a BT Cup final and two wins away from a first Booker Border League crown since 2006.
The Border League is not the premiership or the cup but there is still a defining feeling to winning it and with the Robbie Dyes sitting top of the table with four wins from four, Walker is determined to erase a number of runners-up or nearly efforts in various competi- tions and finally get the job done.
“For many years now Hawick have become this almost team, never managing to finish things off after getting themselves into good positions,” he said.
“Hawick have almost made it to finals day, almost won the league, almost made the play-offs, almost won big games. It is about time we started to turn these winning positions into titles because it has been so long since Hawick last won anything big like this.
“The title isn’t won on Saturday, we all know that, but a victory does go a long way to making sure that we have one hand on the trophy. We still have to play against Peebles next weekend which if we win, then the title is ours, but I would say Saturday is a must-win if we want to wrap up our first piece of silverware since 2006.”
The former Scotland international winger added: “Gala will not be a simple task, they never are.
“They have a chance at winning the Border League as well so they will be going out there on Saturday looking to beat us and get their hands on the trophy.
“There is a lot at stake for both clubs and it basically comes down to who wants it the most.”