Shanks looks to get priorities right

Hawick Royal Albert assistant Dean Shanks with manager Mike Atai
Hawick Royal Albert assistant Dean Shanks with manager Mike Atai

Following defeats against Spartans teams last weekend both Hawick Royal Albert and Peebles Rovers are looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

Hawick Royal Albert are back to league business after being sent tumbling out of the Football Nations Qualifying Cup by Spartans Lowland League outfit.

They line up against Coldstream at Home Park and Hawick manager Dean Shanks commented: “Due to playing in a lot of cup matches, we are behind in league fixtures so it’s good to get back to league business again.

“Doing well in the league is our main priority this season and we will be going to Coldstream looking for a win.”

Albert suffered a 2-0 defeat to Spartans at Ainslie Park.

The Lowland League outfit opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Dean Horribine found the net with a header.

With two minutes of the first period remaining Spartans went further ahead.

On being fed by an Aaron Murrell pass, Keith Murray tucked a shot past Hawick keeper Kyle Rankin.

In a rare breakaway in the 65th minute, Alieu Badara Faye was challenged from behind by Eddie Malone and referee McMullen produced a red card for the Spartans defender.

The game fizzled out thereafter, with the home side content to keep possession without troubling the goal.

Speaking after the game, Shanks said: “Although we lost I was pleased with our performance.

“Spartans are a good Lowland League side and I think a lot of people thought Hawick would get a hammering but we gave them a game.”

Peebles Rovers are away to Ormiston. John O’Hara’s men suffered a 4-1 defeat to Spartans EoS at Whitestone Park last week and are aiming to get their league campaign back on track.