Albert look to restore pride following humiliating week

Hawick Royal Albert are looking to restore some pride in more ways than one when they meet Duns away from home on Saturday.

The Albert fell 7-0 to Duns in a recent midweek match during which the Hawick side had two men red carded and, days later, Hawick suffered even more humiliation due to being unable to raise a team for their scheduled Albert Park clash with Burntisland Shipyard.

Hawick had only seven players available and the encounter was postponed.

Talking of the cancellation of the match, long serving Albert committee man Fran Barker commented: “It was a black and sad day for the club.

“However it has happened and we now have to look at fulfilling our fixtures for the remainder of the season which I am confident we can do”.

Adding Barker stated, “On Saturday John Fettes got in touch with the club to say he had resigned as manager and this was accepted.”

Coach Alan McKenzie is in charge of team matters for the Albert’s trip to Duns.

In a game between a bottom of the league club and a top of the league club, lowly Kelso United entertain high flying Peebles Rovers at Woodside Park.

Reflecting on matters, Kelso manager ‘Prof’ Blaikie said: “Like other sides in the same position as us we don’t want to be at the very bottom of the league at the end of the season, so Saturday’s game is a big one for us.

“We need all the points we can get so we will be giving it our best shot.

“The remainder of the games we have left are all at home which is good for us. In our last few games I have had no complaints.

“We now have a young team of local laddies and these boys have been doing well. Playing local players is the road Kelso are taking.”