Football: Civil Service Strollers 0-2 Hawick Royal Albert

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It was the first round of the King Cup and Hawick Royal Albert made it a royal occasion in pulling out the stops to record an excellent victory.

After chances had fallen at both ends during the first half hour of the game, Hawick took the lead in the 37th minute.

Shaun Spence found Josh Morris with a pin point cross ball and after brushing off a challenge the Albert striker rifled a low shot past Civil Service keeper Michael Lee.

Just after this the Albert were unfortunate not to go further ahead when a swerving Morris drive cannoned off the foot of the post.

On the stroke of half time, Hawick number one kept the Strollers at bay with a brilliant save when pushing a net bound Kyle Rankin free kick over the bar.

Following the changeover Hawick began to gain the upper hand and Lee proved his worth with saves from Morris, Robert Boyd and Craig Robertson.

In the 70th minute Civil Service had a wonderful chance to draw level on being awarded a penalty after Scott Clapperton had been fouled.

Ranking put paid to this however by diving to his left to tip David Stewart’s spot kick against the post.

A minute later Hawick extended their lead. On being fed by a Cameron MacFarlane pass in a move sparked off by a free kick, Darren Linton stabbed a half hit shot into the corner of the net.

In the closing stages Strollers almost pulled a goal back. Bogie hitting the post with an angled drive.

Speaking of his side’s victory Hawick goal scorer Linton said: “We played well and it was a good win for us.

“I don’t score many goals and although it might not have been a great one, I was thrilled to score it as it came at a vital time.”