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There was a shortage of good, flowing football, a lack of drama and excitement – this Borders derby had little going for it, writes John Slorance.
Duns, however, couldn’t have cared less. For thanks to two second-half strikes from hot-shot Steven Shennan, the Dingers gained full points to maintain their high position in the First Division table.
Hawick were first to look like scoring as Greg Summers put Duns keeper Paul Tansey to the test.
The visitors replied with a good move that saw Shennan run onto a Jordan Lauder pass, but Albert number one Bruce Callan came quickly off his line to smother the ball.
After Duns’ Shaun Robertson hit the side netting, Nicky Cairns came close to breaking the deadlock at the other end, firing inches over the bar.
Minutes into the second period, Lauder was unfortunate not to snatch an opener with an angled drive that cannoned off the foot of the post.
With 56 minutes gone, Albert took the lead.
On finding space down the right, Calvin Muttitt whipped a cross over the face of the goalmouth which was bulleted into the net by Andy Noble.
Straight away, Callan denied the Berwickshire outfit an equaliser with a great save when diving full-length to hold a Mark Weatherburn shot that had looked a goal all the way.
Tansey then showed his mettle with a top-notch stop, pushing a Nick Ramsay shot round the post.
The pace of the game at long last was now starting to pick up and, in the 71st minute, Duns drew level.
Breaking free from his marker, Shennan got his head to a Martyn Tait cross and his effort sailed past the helpless Callan.
Within five minutes, Duns struck again with an almost identical encounter. Tait floated over another cross from the same right flank and the forever-dangerous Shennan produced another spot-on finish, rifling home a shot.
Duns began to push for more and Callan pulled off a splendid double save – first from Lauder and then Shennan’s attempt from the rebound.
Michael Smith had a chance to put the Teries on a level pegging when finding himself in the clear, but shot straight at Tansey.
Hawick marksman Noble said: “I was pleased with my goal, but disappointed with the result as I felt we deserved to get something out of the game.”