Duns 2 Hawick Royal Albert 1
EOS FIRST DIVISION
It might have taken them four bites at the cherry but in their fourth attempt Duns nailed their colours to the mast in recording their first win of the season over Hawick Royal Albert.
And it was a deserved win for the Berwickshire outfit.
Having suffered two defeats at the hands of Hawick and shared the points in another outing, Duns emerged the better side in this bottom of the table clash.
After Ronald Fleming had came near to putting the Albert ahead in the early part of the game with a thundering free kick, which was just off target, Duns showed what they had to offer with a well worked move that ended in Gary Waddell being kept at bay by a fine save from Hawick keeper Dean Fry.
With Hawick struggling to get going the ‘Dingers’ were looking the likelier side and with 32 minutes gone, the home men took a deserved lead.
Former Albert striker, Michael Robinson doing the necessary in slotting away a Des Chisholm cross which entered the net via the post.
Duns kept up the good work and after a couple of good scoring chances had went astray, went further in front with two minutes of the first half remaining.
On being fed by a Waddell cross the impressive Robinson produced the scoring touch again when slotting a shot out of the reach of Fry.
Hawick began to drift more into the picture in the second half and Michael Smith fluffed an early opportunity to reduce the leeway.
Duns keeper Steven Mason then halted the Albert in their tracks with a top notch save in tipping away a net bound Young drive.
Bidding for their fourth league victory of the season Duns still had plenty to offer though and Martyn Tait had a free kick well saved by Fry.
With six minutes remaining Hawick raised their hopes. The Duns defence failed to clear an Andy Noble cross and Paul Brown stepped in to crack a low shot into the far corner of the net.
Two minutes later the Albert almost got on level pegging when Strathdee headed a well flighted Noble cross wide of the target.