Lauder looms large as former team mates fail to take a point

Duns Fc vs Kelso United FC. Johnny Waugh

Duns Fc vs Kelso United FC. Johnny Waugh

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Goals either side of half-time by Mark Weatherburn and former Kelso forward Jordan Lauder secured the victory for Duns at a sunny New Hawthorn Park, writes George Riley.

“We lost goals at crucial times in the match, but fair play to the boys, they battled well and were unlucky not to get a point out of the game,” commented United manager Prof Blaikie.

The home side were first to have an assault on goal.

Lauder tried his luck from 20 yards, which was palmed over the bar by United keeper Elliott Turnbull, who was kept busy for the opening 20 minutes.

United had their chances. A good break by United’s Ben Herdman saw the youngster beat three opponents before firing wide, while Damien McNulty’s shot flew past the post.

The Dingers made the breakthrough four minutes before the interval. A cross from the left was headed out by United defender Joseph Ngoa, but landed at the feet of Mark Weatherburn who swept the ball home from 10 yards.

Five minutes into the second half, Duns increased their lead when Lauder got in front of the defence to side-foot home.

The Tweedsiders got a goal back midway through the period when Johnny Waugh hit a half-volley into the top corner of the net.

United had the home defence pinned back for the last 10 minutes as they pressed for an equaliser.

However, Blaikie’s men just could not convert this pressure into a goal.