IT’S early doors yet and there is a long, long way to go before the football season comes to an end, writes John Slorance.
As far as Hawick Royal Albert are concerned, however, it’s all happening right now. For, after what seems endless seasons of holding up the East of Scotland first division table, with three league wins out of four matches, the Teries find themselves in joint second place.
In the first half on Saturday at Recreation Park, they fired on all cylinders.
In the second period, Graeme Chadwick’s men dropped down a couple of gears, but still ended up worthy victors.
Hawick made the early running and after Michael McKenzie hit the side netting, Ormiston keeper David Simmonds pulled off fine saves from Kevin Strathdee and Nicky Cairns.
With 29 minutes gone the Albert took a deserved lead. Michael Smith sprayed a pass to the feet of Strathdee who found the net with a well-struck drive.
Seven minutes later, the visitors went further ahead when Andy Noble unleashed a powerful shot that sailed over the head of Simmonds.
After the restart, Albert failed to produce their first-half sting and Ormiston began to make an impact, reducing the leeway when substitute Connor Ponton lobbed in a Brian McEwan pass.
Ten minutes from time, though, the reborn Royalists sealed their deserved victory when Paul Brown scored with an angled shot that entered the net via the upright.