United ready for battle of Britain return

Hawick United's Kevin Strathdee
Hawick United's Kevin Strathdee

HAWICK United are preparing to defend their trophy in the battle of Britain return match against AFC Stockport.

The Tangerines won the inaugural game in Hawick last year 8-4 and will be taking to the field tomorrow at Burnage Rugby Club in Greater Manchester looking for more of the same.

Captain Kevin Strathdee (pictured) said: “The boys are really looking forward to the game and especially the night out after it. I will, however, have it drilled into them that we are the holders and we will not be playing it as a friendly. It’s Scotland against England which gives the game a bit more extra spice.”

The link-up is a result of the friendship between Strathdee and former United player Mark Douglas, who is now the manager of AFC Stockport.

Mark explained: “I used to play for United when I lived in Hawick so we thought it would be a fitting tribute to amateur football if we had a cross border cup game each summer.”