Hawick Royal Albert 0
IT WAS top of the table against bottom and, as expected, Coldstream emerged victors as the Albert were hit for six, writes John Slorance.
Despite this, Hawick emerged with credit after lining up with a makeshift side that included six trialists. The Teries might never have been in the hunt, but Graeme Chadwick’s men could not be faulted for lack of fight and commitment.
The Streamers started brightly and with just two minutes gone, John Crawford broke through on his own and rounded Hawick keeper Steven West, only to shoot wide. West then kept the hosts at bay by pulling off an excellent save from a Jonathan Simpson header.
In the seventh minute, however, the Steamers’ did break the deadlock, Crawford making up for his earlier miss by shooting home from what appeared to be an offside position.
Coldstream added to their tally eight minutes later. Former Albert signing Lawrie Cannon emerged the marksman with a gem of a shot from 35 yards that raged into the roof of the net.
The Berwickshire outfit went further ahead in the 32nd minute. Crawford whipped over a cross which was slotted away by Jonathan Simpson.
The home side were in control, but Hawick were battling hard and towards the interval almost reduced the leeway through a Gordon Ramsay free kick that forced Coldstream keeper Mark Walters into a fine save.
After the changeover, the visitors began to come more into the game, but their opponents still had the edge, and in the 61st minute bagged a fourth through Jonathan Simpson. Minutes later, Walters denied Hawick a goal when he tipped a Ramsay free kick round the post.
With five minutes remaining Coldstream went nap. Albert defender Greig Johnson handled in the box and Coyle made no mistake with the resultant penalty. Just on time, the impressive Jonathon Simpson completed his hat-trick after being set up by Martyn Tait.
Albert coach Davie Aitkin told The Southern: “Considering we had a team that was more or less playing for the first time together, I thought we did very well. The players certainly didn’t let themselves down and battled really hard.”
Hawick Royal Albert: S. West, S. Burrell, R. Shepherd, M. Cooper (C. McArthur), S. Fallon, G. Johnson, K. Fettes, B. Matthews, T. Storrie (S. Drummond), G. Ramsay, G. Mackie (S. Russell).