Duns seal the deal at New Hawthorn with skeleton crew

Duns host Hawick Royal Albert at New Hawthorn Park in the East of Scotland League
Duns host Hawick Royal Albert at New Hawthorn Park in the East of Scotland League
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Both sides were down to the bare bones for this East of Scotland First Division match as, due to a mass of reasons, players appeared to have vanished off the face of the earth.

As a result, Hawick Royal Albert lined up with six trialists in their ranks, four of the newcomers being Jedburgh-based men Steven Kelleher, Jamie Amos, Brodie Irvine and Stuart Spence, who all play for Ancrum.

Duns, on the other hand, were so short of bodies that they had manager Carl Hudson and coach Colin Gracie listed as substitutes.

Hawick had their backs against the wall in the opening period of the game and Duns were in the driving seat, only to fluff early scoring chances.

With 39 minutes gone, Duns broke the deadlock when former Hawick signing Michael Robinson produced a piece of spot-on finishing, driving home a headed lay-off.

In the first attack of the second half, Nick Ramsay went close to putting Hawick on a level pegging, but in the 67th minute, the Dingers stretched their lead when Shennan floated over a cross and Jordan Lauder did the rest by steering the ball into the net with his head.

Eight minutes from time, Shennan, who had been threatening to score throughout, put the Albert into further arrears when he weaved his way in from the left and placed a shot out of the reach of Callan.

In the closing stages, Tansey denied Hawick goals by saving well from Ramsay and Henderson in rapid succession.