Battle of Legions sees Jed rise triumphant

Hawick Legion 1

Jed Legion 2

BAL DIVISION A

JOHN SLORANCE reports from Wilton Lodge Park

TORRENTIAL rain fell, and there was a raging wind.

Jed Legion, however, could not have cared less. For in this battle of the Legions, the men from the Royal Burgh came up with the goods to gain precious points in their quest to climb up the league table.

Jed manager Derek McLaughlin was delighted with his side’s triumph and told TheSouthern: “In the first half with the wind behind us we dominated the game and in the second we still managed to create chances. I was very pleased by the way we played in terrible conditions, and I can’t praise the players enough for the effort they put in.”

Jed were first to look like scoring when Graeme Hyland blasted a free kick over the bar.

Hawick then showed what they had to offer and, following a run down the right flank, Dean McColm hit the post with an angled drive.

With 24 minutes gone, the visitors took the lead. On being fed by a Nathan Gillie cross, Gary Hunter drove in a shot that diving Hawick keeper Chris Watson did well to tip against the post, only for Hunter to stick away the rebound.

Hawick hit back smartly and McColm hit the woodwork for the second time, clipping the upright with a shot on the run, while minutes from the interval Watson kept Jed at bay with a fine save from Clark Scott.

Aided by the wind, the Teries opened the second half strongly, and after being set up by a Liam Gelliatry pass, McColm had a golden chance to equalise, only to shoot straight at Jed keeper David McWilliam.

Jed stretched their lead when Jacob Hawthorn produced a piece of precise finishing, rattling home a Fraser Lennox cross.

A minute later, Hawick pulled a goal back.

Bryan Tait swept over a cross, and in an effort to clear the danger Hyland headed the ball into his own net.

Both sides pushed for goals after this, but there was no addition to the scoring.

Hawick Legion: C. Watson, J. Dalgleish, A. McFarlane, J. Nisbet, N. McConnell, D. Battle, C. Brown, L. Gelliatry, S. Duncan, L. Cooper, N. McColm. Subs: B. Tait, R. McConnell, S. Renton.

Jed Legion: D. McWilliam, B. Graham, C. Scott, G. Hyland, K. Finlayson, G. Kelly, G. Hunter, J. Coles, J. Wright, C. Webb, N. Gillie. Subs: D. Chandler, F. Lennox, J. Hawthorn, S. Jack.