Lacklustre game leaves Royal Albert without a home win

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IT WAS Hawick Royal Albert’s final home game of the season as well as their last opportunity to record their first league win of the term at Albert Park.

However, it was a chance that they were unable to take in a game that had little or nothing going for it.

Hawick coach Davie Aitkin told The Southern: “Both sides just appeared to be going through the motions, we should have won as our build-up moves were better, but our finishing was not clinical enough.”

The opening quarter-hour conjured up absolutely nothing. In the 17th minute, however, Burntisland soared into the lead when Gavin Bridges broke forward to skip round Hawick keeper, Steven West, to score.

West in turn pulled off a fine save from Kevin Masson, while Shipyard keeper Mikey Coles did not see his first piece of action until after the half-hour mark when clutching a Declan Hogg free kick from just under the bar.

In the 39th minute, Albert equalised when Peter Keenan flicked the ball in the air before driving a shot high into the net from close range.

Things failed to pick up after the break with goalmouth incidents few and far between. Six minutes fromtime, Hawick should have taken the lead when Hogg was upended in the box, but Keenan’s spot kick was saved.

Hawick Royal Albert: S. West, K. Fettes, S. Russell (M King), S. Loughlin, G. Johnston (S. Burrell), R. Fleming (D. Strathdee), I. Zenati, D. Heaver, P. Keenan, D. Hogg, A. Swailes.