Dressing room spirit pulls Rovers through

Peebles' Scott Sutherland runs towards Hawick Royal Albert's goal on Saturday at The Gytes.
Peebles' Scott Sutherland runs towards Hawick Royal Albert's goal on Saturday at The Gytes.

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High flying Peebles Rovers managed to keep themselves at the top of the East of Scotland First Division table on Saturday despite playing most of the game with 10 men.

John O’Hara’s outfit got off to a dream start by breaking the deadlock in the second minute when Donovan Ndiweni put the ball under the legs of Hawick keeper Bruce Callan, one of six former Rovers players in the Hawick line up.

Two minutes later however, Rovers dream start turned into a nightmare.

Scott Watson, another former Peebles signing, was fouled in the box by Jonathan Flockhart. A penalty was awarded and Flockhart was shown a straight red card. Six minutes on the watch and Rovers were down to 10 men.

Nick Ramsay took the spot kick but failed to grab an equaliser as his effort was well saved by home keeper Darren Walker.

Hawick had the edge for the remainder of the first half and Watson headed home an equaliser from a Ronnie Fleming free kick to make it 1-1 at the break.

Battling to maintain their unbeaten record, Rovers however began to make their mark following the break and regained their lead with a penalty. After running onto a pass from Lee Zavaroni, Scott Sutherland was brought down in full flight and Dale Richardson netted the spot kick with great precision.

Rovers were not quite finished though and Paul Murray sealed victory for the Whitestone Park men when shooting home during a goalmouth scramble.

Talking of his side’s triumph Peebles manager John O’Hara told The Southern: “We started off well in getting a quick goal but then had a man sent off just after this.

“Hawick went on to have the better of the first half but in the second half we regrouped and played well and it ended up being a good win for us.

“Our dressing room spirit pulled us through and this sums up the character that we have in the side as everybody works hard for each other.”

Hawick coach Alan McKenzie added his praise of the Peebles performance.

“Peebles did very well considering they had just 10 men for most of the game and due to their second half show deserved their win,” he said.

Rovers top the table on 39 points with Ormiston (36) and Duns (30) in hot persuit.