Hawick Royal Albert0
Although showing no shortage of effort and all round commitment Hawick Royal Albert tumbled out of the Scottish Cup at Albert Park in this first round tie.
After Hawick central defender Paul Russell had denied South of Scotland outfit Saint Cuthbert Wanderers an early goal in clearing a Craig Rudd shot off the line, the Albert had a great chance to open the scoring.
However, Kevin Strathdee headed wide on meeting a well-flighted cross by Declan Hogg.
Wanderers began to gain the edge following this but failed to conjure up many scoring opportunities.
In the 39th minute though, the ‘Saints’ broke the deadlock. Calum McLean floated a corner kick into a crowded goalmouth and Adam Johnstone knocked the ball into the path of Grant Middlemiss who fired home.
Early in the second half, Hawick keeper Dean Fry presented Wanderers from going further ahead in pulling off a fine save from Rudd.
Minutes later Rudd was robbed of a goal by the woodwork when seeing a shot cannon off the post.
Saints were looking the likelier side, but as the match progressed the Albert began to come more into the picture in launching some direct attacks.
With seven minutes remaining, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when McLean was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
In a hectic finish, Hawick almost snatched a dramatic equaliser.
Substitute Gary Shillinglaw sent in a cross which Andy Noble met with a diving header. It looked a goal all the way but ‘Saints’ keeper Jack Johnston put paid to this in diving at full length to tip away Noble’s effort for a really magnificent save.
Summing up the game, Hawick coach John Fettes told The Southern: “It was a disappointing result as we didn’t play as well as we could have.
“We could well have got a draw though had their keeper not pulled off a fantastic save from Andy Noble’s header in the last minute. That’s the way it goes though and we will just have to move on.”
Hawick Royal Albert: D. Fry, S. Loughlin (G. Johnston), S. Russell (G. Shillinglaw), P. Russell (P. Keenan), A. Williamson, M. McKenzie, A. Noble, I. Zenati, K. Strathdee, D. Hogg, P. Brown.