Andy looks forward to Ardrossan Cup tie

GHA return to Cup action this Saturday as they travel to Ardrossan in the RBS West Regional Cup.

They will be hoping to build on their victory against Hillhead/Jordanhill last time around.

GHA lie second in their Group and victory against Ardrossan would further cement that position.

The Braidholm side will be hoping that the Cup clash will beat the big freeze after their league game against the West of Scotland at Burnbrae was postponed due to a frozen pitch last Saturday. 

Head Coach Gordon MacPherson feels the week break will benefit his players.

He said: “It shouldn’t affect them too much. In some respects it might help them because we
have been playing virtually non-stop since the start of the season without a break.

“With our game being called off it gives some players who have a couple of niggling injuries
time to recover.

“I think it might actually help us to have a week off.”

Friday’s Cup clash between GHA and Ardrossan will be the third time that both sides have
faced each other this season.

Ardrossan emerged victorious in the league earlier this season. However GHA gained revenge in the Cup by winning convincingly 43-15 just a few weeks ago.

In both matches the home side has won. But GHA Head Coach Gordon MacPherson feels injuries to his side played a part in the first league meeting.

He said: “They are a good side especially at home. This will be the second Cup game and the
third time we have faced them this season.

“We will have to be on top of our game. They have the ability to pass us. We need to keep our recent form going which has been quite good.

“If we don’t show the level in the last three weeks they can punish us.

“We played them in the Cup game and beat them at home quite convincingly.

“When we played them away in the first game we had a couple of injures. We had one of our forwards playing in the backs.

“That didn’t help our situation. We had a lot of injuries in our backs at that stage of the season.

“I think we had Alan Auld playing at centre in that game and then we had an injury early on to Dominic Dunn, and Craig Sorbie and Andy Henderson were unavailable for that game.

“We had to re-jig things for the last 20 minutes which didn’t help.

“We have certainly have improved since the first meeting of the season against Ardrossan. So we will be prepared for whatever they throw at us.”

Ardrossan v GHA at Memorial Field is on Saturday at 2pm

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