Hotspur hopes are washed away

Hawick Waverley 4 ­

Linton Hotspur 2

(abandoned after 60 minutes)

This Waddell Cup tie came to an end on the hour mark after the pitch turned into a quagmire, writes John Slorance.

Wind-assisted Waverley had sailed into the lead in the fifth minute through Scott Craig, who then set up Darren Munro for the second.

Then Craig’s corner was guided home by the head of Grant Brownlie.

The home side stretched their lead in the 34th minute, Steven Sharkey emerging the marksman with a perfectly-taken penalty after Kieran Clyde handled in the box.

But with the swirling wind behind them, Linton came out firing on all cylinders following the break and within minutes reduced the leeway.

Following a run down the right flank, Michael McEwan sent over a low cross.

Waverley’s Sharkey attempted to clear the danger, but had the misfortune to turn the ball into his own net instead.

Immediately after this, Hotspur produced the scoring touch again when Campbell Forsyth blasted home a free kick.

Any hopes Linton had of staging a dramatic come­back, however, were washed away in the 60th minute when referee Lorraine Quinn brought a halt to the game as the appalling conditions got even worse.