GALA may be soaring around the top of the Premier One table while Hawick are floundering at the bottom, but on Saturday none of that will matter as the two teams go head to head at Mansfield Park.
And anticipation is mounting ahead of the game which will mark the first time the two teams have met in the top tier since season 2004/05. Then, the Greens won both games, 50-6 at Mansfield Park and 25-20 at Netherdale. Gala, however, have come out top on the last three occasions, two in Premier Two in season 2009/10 and one Border League final in 2005.
Interim Hawick backs coach Jim Renwick has played in more Hawick/Gala games than he would care to remember and told TheSouthern: “In my day Hawick played Gala at least twice a season and often they would be to decide league titles and Border Leagues.
“Nowadays it’s a bit different and most of our current players haven’t experienced that, but they are looking forward to Gala coming to Mansfield.”
Someone else who is very much looking forward to the fixture is Maroons team manager Harry Keddie who has been living in Hawick for the last year.
He told us: “Saturdays can’t come quick enough for us at the moment and this weekend is extra special. The games are always passionate and the banter is great.”
Elsewhere, leaders Melrose have a tough trip to Dundee, where they will bid to continue their unbeaten form.
In Premier Two, both Jed-Forest and Selkirk are at home to Falkirk and Hamilton respectively while Peebles and Kelso hit the road, taking on Watsonians and Hillhead/Jordanhill.