Albert grab first three points in a year and a half

Ormiston 0

Hawick Royal Albert 1

EoS FIRST DIVISION

JOHN SLORANCE reports from Recreation Park

IT HAD been on a cold bleak day at Kelso when it happened last, and some 18 months on, it occurred again in the pleasant warmth of the Ormiston spring sunshine on Saturday.

After a long wait, Hawick Royal Albert won a game.

What’s more, they did so with two trialists – Scott Craig from Hawick Waverley and Hawick Legion’s Stuart McCutcheon – in their starting line-up, as well as having three youngsters from Hawick’s under-15 side on the bench.

Talking of his team’s triumph, Hawick central defender Chris Batten told TheSouthern: “We have been on the brink of getting a win in the last few games, and after having drawn with Ormiston the other week, I felt strongly we could do a job today.

“We sure did – and it was a deserved win.

“All of the players worked really hard and more than did their jobs, and it’s a massive lift for us to have recorded a win at last.”

With both sides showing up well, the match got off to a lively start and home keeper Paul Cadger denied Hawick an early lead, diving to tip a well-struck Liam Lavery drive round the post following a Ross Wallace throw-in.

Play continued at a brisk pace and before the interval both keepers showed their mettle, pulling off fine saves. Cadger was the first to do the business, holding a well-struck Clinton Sharkey shot, and Albert’s Willie Turner pulled out the stops with a fingertip save from Paul Lynch.

The Albert opened the second half strongly and after foxing the Ormiston defence with some clever approach play, Wallace whipped over a low cross. Craig McCutcheon drove in a shot that appeared netbound until it was pushed round the post by Cadger.

Hawick did take the lead in the 57th minute, however. On being challenged by Lavery, Steven Enwood hit a passback to his keeper. The Ormiston defender’s effort turned out to be more like a glorious shot, though, as the ball sailed over the head of Cadger from 30 yards. Ormiston began to push forward after this, only to find that the resolute Hawick defence were giving absolutely nothing away.

Time was now starting to run out, but the action wasn’t and with six minutes remaining the Teries were reduced to 10 men when Cooper was given his marching orders by Livingston referee Gianluca Marini for a second bookable offence.

And, three minutes from time, the home side lost the services of David Cheyne who was shown a straight red for a headbutt on Turner, which brought the game to an unsavoury end.

Hawick Royal Albert: W. Turner, M. Cooper, C. Sharkey, C. Wilson, C. Batten, R. Shepherd, C. McCutcheon, S. Craig, S. Fraser (J. Robertson), R. Wallace, L. Lavery (R. Kelly).