Hawick Royal Albert 0
No goals, few thrills, squandered chances, bookings in abundance and two red cards, writes John Slorance.
This was the story of this bottom-of-the-table clash at Yarrow Park – a story that does not make good reading.
Selkirk goalkeeper John Dodd’s told The Southern: “Hawick had two guys sent off and we couldn’t beat nine men, so it was a bad result for us.
“Today the only chances we created came from set pieces, but we failed to take them. It was a match we should have won, but didn’t.”
Hawick manager Graeme Chadwick, on the other hand, was well satisfied with the result.
“It was a game I thought we could have won, but considering we got our first point for a while, I was quite happy with a draw,” he said.
Apart from David Battle coming close to putting Selkirk ahead in firing a Ryan McManus pass just wide of the post, the opening stages conjured up nothing.
On the 20-minute mark, John Dodds pulled off the first save of the match when diving to tip a net-bound Declan Hogg shot round the post.
Albert number one Steven West then prevented Selkirk from going ahead with an excellent stop from a Jamie Gibson free kick.
Selkirk began to gain the edge in the second half, but their finishing was poor and several goal-scoring chances went begging.
With 71 minutes gone, Hawick were reduced to 10 men. Hogg, who had been booked during the first period, failed to retreat far enough after Selkirk had been awarded a free kick. Edinburgh referee Paul Hanlon brandished a second yellow card, which led to a red, and it was the end of the game for the teenage midfielder.
Two minutes later, Hawick found themselves down to nine men when Sean Loughlin was given his marching orders, picking up a second yellow after having upended Aaron Butters with a lunging challenge.
From here on, Selkirk dominated and pushed forward, but failed to turn pressure into goals by squandering many chances.
Selkirk: J. Dodds, D. Battle, K. Munro, J. Higgenbottom, J. Inglis, R. McManus (D. Munro), M. Holness, J. Gibson, J. Watt, C. Peoples, A. Butters (D. Bolton).
Hawick Royal Albert: S. West, S. Loughlin, R. Shepherd, A. Reilly, K. Fettes, I. Zenati, S. Watson (D. Heaver), R. Fleming, P. Keenan (M. King), D. Hogg, G. Ramsay.