BRUCE Hughes, the Hawick Waverley manager, harbours a strong belief that his players are good enough to win every game, and that includes tomorrow’s hotly-anticipated Border Cup derby with Hawick Legion.
It’s the first all-Hawick clash on this season’s Border Amateur calendar, but Hughes maintains it’s business as usual as far as he’s concerned.
Speaking to the Hawick News this week, he said: “We’ll prepare for the game the same as any other. Granted, we know more about our opponents than most other weeks, but there will be no special plans or secrect tactics.
“The players will get the same message they get before any other game – work hard, work together and score more goals than the opponents.
“I firmly believe with the players I have at my disposal that we can come out on top in every game we play. And I want them to go into every game believing this also.
“This Saturday will be no different, but my players know that if they don’t put the effort in, then they won’t deserve to get anything out of it.”
Waverley go into the game as hot favourites after picking up six wins from their opening eight matches, but Hughes is taking nothing for granted. He said: “I respect the Legion and I’m well aware they’ll be motivated and determined to get a result, but we’ll be just as motivated and just as determined to get something from the match.”
Legion boss Clinton Sharkey’s side have not enjoyed the same winning start to the season as Waverley, but their tails are up after notching their first victory at home to Chirnside on Saturday.
“We were delighted to get our first win,” he said. “It’s been coming, though, as we’ve played really well over the last three or four games.
“Obviously, a win on Saturday over our local rivals would be a massive shot in the arm for us as the derbies are always special occasions.
“And although we’ll be seen as underdogs, I feel we have the players capable of getting a result.”
Sharkey has also taken a leaf out of Hughes’ book and is working on instilling a winning mentality among his squad. “I’m trying not to contemplate defeat and I’m focusing on getting my players into the same mindset,” he said.