Hawick finally get some home comfort with late Hogg strike

Hawick Royal Albert 2

Duns 2

EoS First Division

It may not have been a win, but Hawick Royal Albert picked up their first home league point of the season to put to rest a long losing streak on their own turf, writes John Slorance.

Showing a big improvement from recent outings, Hawick took the lead on 14 minutes as Innes Zenati sprayed a pass to the feet of David Heaver, who found the net with a sweetly-struck shot.

With 21 minutes gone Duns drew level, defender Mark Weatherburn scoring with a rasping 40-yard drive that sailed over the head of home keeper Steven West.

In the second half, Duns began to come into the picture and with 68 minutes gone, Conor Devaney put Duns ahead with a free kick.

But with eight minutes left, Ronald Fleming hit a shot that Scott Lumsden got his hands to, but failed to hold. The ball then bounced into the path of Declan Hogg, who shot home.

Late on, Duns lost Lumsden through injury and Devaney went in goal. In a hectic finish, Hawick went all-out to add to their tally, but Duns hung on for a share of the spoils.

Albert defender Kevin Fettes told TheSouthern: “Although we didn’t get a win, we played the best we have played for weeks.

“In the first half in particular I thought we were excellent. Our attitude was good as well and we can take some positives out of the game, even though it is late on in the season.”

Hawick RA: S. West, I. Zenati, R. Shepherd, G. Johnston, S. Loughlin, K. Fettes, Ronald Fleming, Raymond Fleming, P. Keenan (G. Ramsay), D. Hogg, D. Heaver.