Hawick Wanderers head coach Graeme Renwick has admitted that the destination of the semi-junior championship title has slipped out of their hands.
Wanderers sit third in the table, four points behind leaders Jed Thistle and Melrose, and on Saturday they face Berwick, who they defeated earlier this season.
Renwick said: “I’m hoping this weekend goes a lot better than the last.
“You never really know with some of the teams in the league as one week they show up and give us a good game while other times it’s a walkover.”
The Wands laboured to a three-point win over Selkirk at the weekend, struggling to break down the Youth Club’s well-organised defence. “They surprised us, we did not expect that from Selkirk as they put us under pressure from the get-go, making us dig deep,” said Renwick
Having already lost to both Jed and Melrose, Wanderers’ title prospects look slim. Renwick added: “Realistically we feel the league is not in our hands now but we play both teams relatively soon and can have a huge say on where the title goes.”
However, the head coach heaped praise on his young team’s performances this season, suggesting that it was always going to be a struggle to live up to last season’s title win.
“The boys have been terrific and worked very hard all season. We knew going into this year that everyone would raise their game against us.”
n TOMORROW’s Wanderers match at home to Berwick Colts is being sponsored by Hawick Trades.