Melrose aiming to start 2016 with a bang at the Greenyards

Melrose's James Head shows a clean pair of heels to Gala last month
Melrose's James Head shows a clean pair of heels to Gala last month

Melrose head coach John Dalziel has admitted that Saturday’s home match against Currie is arguably one of their most important games of the season.

The Greenyards outfit ended 2015 with an impressive league win over reigning BT Premiership Champions, Heriots, that positioned them nicely for another top two finish but Dalziel has his eyes on something a little more.

The reward for victory on Saturday – provided results go their way – is a possible trip back to the summit of the Premiership, an achievement Dalziel admits would be perfect.

“It’s the biggest game of the season, we cannot afford to slip-up now as there are too many teams still in the hunt for a top four spot and we want as much momentum as we can get heading into the play-offs,” he said.

“We are currently second and a win for us, with Ayr losing, could move us back to the top of the table. That for me is an ideal scenario.

“We want to give ourselves the best possible chance at the title and a number one seed, with a winning momentum behind us, it doesn’t get much better.”

For Hawick entering the most crucial point in the season having had almost a month without competitive rugby isn’t ideal but according to club captain Bruce McNeil, the extended lay-off won’t be a factor this weekend against Glasgow Hawks at Old Anniesland.

“It’s been difficult but it’s not like we haven’t been training or seen each other, we’ve all still been together so there won’t be any sluggishness heading into Saturday,” he commented.

“All the boys are raring to go against Hawks. Basically all we are thinking about is if we win all our games we will finish at the very least second, so for me that’s all I care about. Not the extended break or anything else.”

For Gala and Selkirk, their league season’s may be just a formality from here on out but both clubs will be looking to end on a high note. The Maroons take on Heriots at Netherdale aiming to dent the Edinburgh side’s play-off hopes while Selkirk hope to put on a show against the league leaders Ayr at Millbrae.

In National League One, Jed-Forest take on table-toppers Watsonians while Kelso and Peebles hope home ties against Aberdeen Grammar and GHA respectively bring some much needed positive results.