Boyd seals late win for Albert in Whitestone Park derby

Bob Boyd of Hawick Royal Albert
Bob Boyd of Hawick Royal Albert
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Saturday’s East of Scotland League Qualifying Cup encounter began in bright sunshine and finished in torrential rain, writes John Slorance.

As far as Hawick Royal Albert were concerned, however, the sun was out when the whistle blew to end the game.

For, thanks to a last-gasp goal from Robert Boyd, and going by last season’s results and performances, the Hawick outfit had pulled off an unexpected win.

It was a result that could have gone either way, and a result that induced contrasting feelings from the two respective managers.

In his first season in charge of Hawick, new Albert team boss Mike Atai said: “I was really pleased with the result.

“We showed a lot of hunger and desire, but I felt we could have controlled the game more.

“It was a good opening step for Hawick, though”.

Peebles manager John O’Hara said: “I am massively disappointed and frustrated.

“We didn’t perform the way we could have, but we deserved to get something out of the game.

“I am not taking anything away from Hawick, they were a very organised side and a huge difference from the Royal Albert side of last season.”

Go to www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk for match report.

On Tuesday night, the two teams were involved in Qualifying Cup action again, with the Teries losing 2-1 to Craigroyston at Albert Park and Peebles Rovers drawing 3-3 with Lothian Thistle HV at Whitestone Park.