In the battle for Borders supremacy, rivals Hawick and Gala go head-to-head at Netherdale on Saturday in the Brooker Border League, with the victor leaving as favourite to lift the historic title.
Hawick, who haven’t tasted the champagne of success since 2006, sit at the summit of the table, unbeaten with four wins from four, and according to Scotland Club XV Internationalist Scott McLeod, victory on Saturday will all but give the Greens the trophy.
“It is probably the crunch game for the title,” said McLeod.
“We are in pole position and know if we win our two games then we’re champions, but Gala still have a sniff so it is not going to be plain sailing on Saturday.
“They will be preparing to get themselves into a position to win the title, so it will take our very best to get the win we need.
“It has been a big achievement from the boys to get this far after the start to the season we had.
“If I am honest, victory on Saturday will leave us with one hand on the trophy and move us a step closer to lifting the title, ending this long run the club has endured without any silverware.”
Focus for the Maroons will not only be trained on Hawick this weekend, but also on a pivotal BT Premiership contest 60 miles away in Balerno.
Currie, who sit sixth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Gala, take on relegation-threatened Glasgow Hawks in a re-scheduled fixture from last month.
Gala require Hawks to either beat Currie, or prevent the Edinburgh side from overhauling an 18-point difference the Netherdale outfit hold over their rivals, for their place in the inaugural BT Premiership’s play-off series to be confirmed.
In National League One, newly-promoted Selkirk continued their march toward an unbeaten season this week, notching their 21st consecutive league win in Tuesday night’s rearranged clash with Watsonians at Myreside. The Souters ran out comfortable 35-26 winners in the end and look determined to become one of only two teams – St Boswells are on course to be the other – in Scotland to complete an unbeaten league season in 2014/15, which can be confirmed on Saturday with victory over Kelso at Poynder Park.