After a disappointing season opening defeat to Melrose last weekend, Hawick travel to Netherdale on Saturday to take on Gala.
It’s a match that Greens prop Nicholas Little is calling a must-win if they are to prove they are genuine BT Premiership title contenders.
The two bitter Border rivals lock horns in what Little expects to be a close battle, after recent results between the two sides have been decided in the closing stages of play with the away teams coming out on top each time.
“This weekend is huge for us after losing that opening game, we can’t afford another loss this early in the season,” said Little.
“Hawick/Gala games have traditionally been close affairs – just look at last year’s results – so the boys know we will be treading a fine line. The mistakes we made against Melrose cannot be replicated this weekend, otherwise we could be staring at two defeats in a row, which frankly, for a side who have top-four aspirations isn’t good enough.”
After defeating Hawick 31-15 at Mansfield Park to open the new season, Melrose return home to the Greenyards this weekend to face Glasgow Hawks in what head coach John Dalziel expects to be a tough challenge against a side who gave up an average of just 16 points per game in 2014.
“We had a good result against Hawick last week, but there was still things that need worked on ahead of another difficult test this weekend against Glasgow Hawks,” said Dalziel.
“We played them in pre-season and it wasn’t an easy contest. Last season they were the best defensive team in the division by a long stretch, so everyone knows we face another difficult test.”
For Premiership newcomers Selkirk, after winning all their National League matches last season, their run of consecutive victories came to a halt against Gala last weekend, but the Philiphaugh men hope to get off the mark in 2013 when they travel to Bridgehaugh to face Stirling County on Saturday.
In National League One, Kelso will be looking to follow up their opening weekend win with a similar result at home to Dundee while Jed-Forest travel north in search for their first league victory against Howe of Fife.