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Walls Cup final
Ancrum manager Grant Davidson is confident Walls Cup final hat-trick hero Grant Robinson will stay at the club, writes Kenny Paterson.
Davidson and his side also celebrated promotion after Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Gala Hotspur, thanks to Division B title rivals Stow’s 6-0 win over second-placed Eyemouth.
Davidson said: “When we heard via Twitter that we had been promoted it just capped a brilliant day.
“We really played well in the second half and deserved to win. Robbo is the captain of the club and enjoys playing football with us. He has played, and still could play, at a higher level. He showed his class with the goal which made it 3-1 – it deserved to win any cup final. He says he wants to stay next season which is great news.
“But we have a number of other good players, including Daniel Gillie who has scored 27 goals for us this season.
“If ourselves and Stow win our remaining games, we will face each other on the last day for the title. Stow are on a great run, but we have to be confident.”
Played at Innerleithen’s Victoria Park, Ancrum took the lead on 10 minutes as Brian Wilson’s back-post shot found the net via Spurs defender Ian Chalmers’ heel.
Spurs hit back on 23 minutes as Derek Watson’s tackle on Clark Scott allowed Callum Gass to produce the perfect finish with a 20-yard shot past Sean Jack. However, six minutes before the break, a mix-up between Gala defenders David Akrigg and Richard Ramage allowed Robinson to restore Ancrum’s lead.
It could have got worse for Spurs as Lee Brown and Luke Gierus cleared two corners off their own goal-line.
But Robinson’s superb run and finish beyond Glen Murray in the 55th minute and the completion of his trio of goals 10 minutes from time finished the game.
Spurs coach Fred Blackie said: “The objective of this season was to stay up and we have achieved that.
“We had five under-19 players in the squad who are picking up their first medals, and hopefully the team can stay together for next season.”
Ancrum: S. Jack, C. Davies, S. Haddenham, B. Wilson (G. McGovern 86), K. Finlayson, C. Scott (C. Tibbits 88), G. Robinson, K. Chapman, A. Langford (S. Spence 82), D. Gillie (C. Hall 86), S. Thomas.
Gala Hotspur: G. Murray, I. Chalmers, D. Akrigg, R. Ramage (B. Barron 70), R. Young (K. McAulay 89), D. Watson, L. Brown, S. Harkness, C. Gass, D. Kemp (S. Robertson 70), L. Gierus (J. Harkness 70).