Saturday, 13 July 2013
Hawick Royal Albert 1 Heart of Midlothian XI 6
Pre-season friendly, Albert Park, Friday 12 July 2013
Billed as: Hawick RA's manager is a friend of the brother of Hearts manager Gary Locke and the Maroons agreed to play a friendly.
Reality: Hearts fielded their under 20 side which was mostly 16, 17 and 18 year olds. On a scorching summer's evening in the Borders, the young Hearts team took control of the game straight from kick off and, a ten minute spell at the start of the second half aside, dominated from start to finish.
The good: If this is the future of Hearts then there is plenty to look forward to. Yes, it was a friendly and the Tynecastle men boys were streets ahead fitness wise of their part time opponents. Nonetheless, the Hearts laddies had skill, pace and vision and I suspect more than one of them will make the first team before the end of the season.
The bad: A wee defensive lapse or two - quite awful defending led to the home side's goal. Something that needs to be addressed.
Reaction: A fine summer's evening and a fine display from the Hearts youngsters. The accompanying photograph is copyright to Brian Sutherland. For clarification, that's not George Clooney in the background with his two daughters although the likeness is admittedly uncanny...