Hawick stung by Thistle

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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 3

Hawick Royal Albert 1

EoS QUALIFYING LEAGUE

ALTHOUGH they had their moments, Royal Albert ended up on the wrong end of this result.

Defensive errors and failure to cash in on goal-scoring opportunities led to Hawick’s downfall.

Thistle took the lead in the first half when Lloyd Dignan headed home a Gary Morrison cross. Two minutes later, Omar Ali slotted away a second for Lothian, after having intercepted a pass-back intended for Albert keeper Liam Robertson.

Following the interval, they sealed victory when Kevin Lee floated over a cross and Jamie Hawkins did the rest in scoring with a header.

Hawick reduced the leeway through a strike from substitute Kyle McCulloch.

Royal Albert squad: L. Robertson, I. Zenati, J. Wood, L. Cannon, L. Dunn, S. Laughlin, G. Clee, D. Hogg, C. Beattie, K. O’Neil, B. Nwanze, D. May, J. Paterek, K. McCulloch, S. Watson, S. Drummond, K. Brown.