Jess reels it in for Fishermen despite Albert’s best efforts

Eyemouth United v Hawick Royal Albert in the East of Scotland league

Eyemouth United v Hawick Royal Albert in the East of Scotland league

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Assisted by a strong wind, Eyemouth had a great opportunity to take the lead in the opening minutes when they were awarded a penalty.

There was to be no joy for the Fishermen though, as Albert keeper Craig Dunsmore saved Alan Jess’s spot kick.

United went on to dominate the first half and stole ahead when little dynamo Jess opened the scoring on 41 minutes, running at the heart of Hawick’s defence and slotting the ball past Dunsmore after the Hawick defence had been caught napping through a long ball from the back.

Two minutes later Eyemouth struck again.

After Albert midfield man Ronald Fleming had been dispossessed, the home side launched an attack which ended being a scoring one. It was Jess again who capitalised on the Hawick mistake, gathering the ball and shooting over the top of the Hawick keeper, giving the Fishermen a 2-0 half time lead.

With the elements in their favour in the second half, Hawick began to come more into the picture and Nick Ramsay had a free kick well saved by on-form United keeper, Adam Mutch.

Substitute Andy Noble, who had added much-needed sparkle to the Albert line-up after having been brought on following the break, then came near to getting on his side’s score sheet on four occasions, including a shot that came off the bar.

Eyemouth regained control, but were made to battle for every ball, with very few goal chances latterly created by either team.