Focused Melrose desire derby win

Rugby fans have another chance to experience all the drama of a local derby again this weekend when champions Melrose travel to Mansfield Park to play Hawick.

And although the opposition is sitting low in the Premiership table, Melrose coach John Dalziel is taking nothing for granted.

“We know only too well how difficult it will be against a Hawick team playing on their own patch,” he told The Southern.

“We are looking for improvement every week and are focused on the areas we need to improve if we are to get the desired result.

“Derbies are always special and I am sure it will be another great advert for Borders rugby.”

Leaders Gala travel to Raeburn Place to tackle Edinburgh Accies.

Selkirk continue to set a hot pace at the top of National League One, but will travel to play Stew-Mel on Saturday without skipper Andrew Renwick, who is waiting on a scan to rule out any ligament damage to his knee following a painful collision with team mate Cato Graur last week.

Elsewhere in the National League, Peebles play host to Hillhead Jordanhill while Jed-Forest and Kelso travel to play Aberdeen and Watsonians respectively.