Wands up for the Cup in Mansfield final

HAWICK Wanderers coach Greg McLeod has revealed his young charges are coming of age at just the right time, writes Gavin Gibbon.

And he is hoping they can cap an impressive end to the season by lifting the Border Under-18 Cup at Mansfield Park tomorrow afternoon.

Helped by the addition of Craig Kyle and Nicky Hay, the Wands have suffered just two defeats since the turn of the year, while they have won four and drawn one.

It is that form which has gone a long way to securing their place against Selkirk Youth Club in the final.

And McLeod wants them to go one step further by lifting the silverware.

He said: “I think they’re just starting to mature and they’ve got a bit of belief.

“Winning matches is a good habit to get into and I’m delighted for them, they thoroughly deserve their place in the final.

“It will be a great experience for the boys to play at Mansfield and I would urge as many folk to come and cheer them on.”

The Under-18 Cup Final kicks off at 3.15pm. The Trophy Guy Border Under-18 Plate Final, also at Mansfield Park, between Jed Thistle and Dumfries Colts kicks off earlier at 1.15pm.

n The high school U16s face The Gordon Schools in the final of the Scottish Schools Plate on the back pitches at Murrayfield on Tuesday afternoon, kick off either 3pm or 4pm. A team bus and supporters’ bus will be running. Anyone interested should contact Scott Renwick at the high school.