Royal Albert put Hearts into friendly fixture

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Hawick Royal Albert 1

Hearts XI 6

Hearts visited the Borders for the second week in succession on Friday night and – again – hit the opposition for six, writes John Slorance.

Similar to their earlier encounter against Selkirk, a young Hearts side turned on the style with some slick, fast-moving football in a friendly against Hawick.

Watched by a big Albert Park crowd, the Tynecastle men took the lead in the ninth minute when Aaron Scott polished off a good build-up by drilling a Robbie Buchanan cross into the net. Further goals from Elliot Ford and Sam Nicholson (2) made the score 4-0 at half-time.

The Albert made the running after the break and within three minutes Peter Keenan pulled one back, shooting past goalie Jack Hamilton.

Any thoughts of a comeback were short lived, however, as the visitors immediately got back in the driving seat when Sam Daniel rattled in a fifth in the 62nd minute.

The Gorgie men remained on top for the remainder of the game and with three minutes remaining Buchanan took advantage of some slack home defending to complete the scoring.

Albert coach John Sterricks said: “Our objectives before the game were to use the match to get fit, look at our set play and not disgrace ourselves. We achieved all three.

“Considering it was our first game and we had guys playing together for the first time, I thought we played 
very well against a very good side.”