Late surge not enough to share spoils

Coldstream 2

Hawick Royal Albert 1

EoS FIRST DIVISION

JOHN SLORANCE reports from Home Park

ROYAL ALBERT brought a touch of the seaside into their ranks by fielding Berwick foursome Chris Falconer, Daniel Cornish, Sean Phillips and Greg Wailes.

However, this was not enough to turn the tide as bottom-of-the-table Hawick fell to yet another defeat.

Albert were not washed away in this fast-flowing encounter and a late fighting finish saw them come near to gaining a share of the points.

Coldstream opened in a promising manner and Albert keeper Steven Walker pulled off the first of what was to be a string of splendid saves in keeping out a James Guy shot.

A goal was only delayed, however, for minutes later the Streamers opened their account when Guy drilled home a Murray Christie cross.

After man-of-the-match Walker had pushed away a net-bound Lee Zavaroni shot, the Albert almost grabbed an equaliser when, on finding space down the left, Cornish whipped over a cross-cum-shot which hit the far post.

With their four trialists showing up well, the visitors were giving as good as they got and in the 26th minute levelled the score.

Piercing the Coldstream defence with a run down the middle, Stewart Fraser unleashed a shot that home keeper Andrew Jack could only parry. The ball then bounced into the path of Falconer who took his chance well by shooting home.

Hawick followed this up with a well-worked move that ended in Wailes placing a Ross Wallace pass out of the reach of Jack, but Gary Hamilton raced in to clear the Albert man’s shot.

With two minutes of the first half remaining, Coldstream restored their lead with a top-notch goal, Guy emerging the marksman when he found the net with a header from a Christie cross.

Looking sharp and positive, the Home Park outfit started the second period strongly and twice came near to adding to their tally through Guy and Zavaroni. Coldstream kept their foot on the gas, only to find Walker in inspired form.

As time marched on, however, the Albert began to drift a lot more into the game and in the latter stages it was Coldstream who were on the back foot.

The Albert indeed were firing on all cylinders with a late onslaught and in the closing minutes Cornish and Wailes were both just off target with shots.

Summing up the match Albert coach Davie Aitkin told TheSouthern: “Considering we had four new boys in the side from the start I thought we did very well.

“We had our backs against the wall for a while in the second half and have goalkeeper Steven Walker to thank for pulling off some great saves. At the end of the game though we could well have nicked a draw as we got on top.”

Hawick Royal Albert: S. Walker, G. Shiel, C. Sharkey (I. Childs), A. Campbell, R. Shepherd (S. McCulloch), G. Wailes, R. Wallace, S. Fraser, S. Phillips, D. Cornish, C. Falconer.