Hawick Royal Albert 0
EoS FIRST DIVISION
JOHN SLORANCE reports from Albert Park
HAWICK Royal Albert are anchored well and truly at the bottom of the East of Scotland first division league table and have yet to win a game this season.
And due to a woeful show in this encounter, the Albert showed just why. For hapless Royalists were never in the hunt in any way and Coldstream flowed to a clear-cut win without having to turn up the heat.
Summing up his side’s bungling display, Hawick defender Malcolm Cooper, who had the misfortune to score an own goal, told TheSouthern: “I thought before the game that we might have had a chance of getting a result, but it sure didn’t turn out that way.
“However, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. We were second to almost every ball, did not defend as a unit and made a lot of mistakes throughout the game.
“A good few of our guys just didn’t perform and we got what we deserved.”
Lining up with 15-year-old schoolboy Bruce Connelly – on loan from Kelso United – in goal, Hawick fell behind with just six minutes gone.
In a move sparked off by a Phil Johnson pass, Josh Hebden swung over a low cross and in an effort to clear the danger, Cooper stuck the ball into his own net.
With Albert looking disjointed and uncertain even at this early stage, Dave Brown then had a header pushed round the post by the diving Connelly on meeting Murray Christie’s corner kick.
Minutes later James Guy troubled Hawick with a run down the right and whipped over a cross which Christie turned into the path of Johnson, but the ex-Vale of Leithen and Spartans ace fired wide.
Although having loads of possession, Coldstream were failing to cash in, although Johnson did come close to getting his name on the scoresheet with a header from a Gary Hamilton cross, following good play by Christie.
It was more or less all Coldstream, but just on the interval Hawick almost equalised. Stuart Drysdale floated over a corner which Coldstream only partially cleared and Liam Lavery drove a shot just past the target.
Following the turnaround, Coldstream continued to dominate.
Johnson nodded a Christie corner over the bar and Connelly then saved well from Hebden.
In a rare constructive attack at the other end, Lavery had an opportunity to put Hawick on a level pegging on being set up by a Chris Monaghan pass, only to blaze over the bar.
Coldstream were doing all the running, though, and the Streamers eventually added to their tally in the 81st minute. Connelly tipped a Hebden shot against the upright, but the Coldstream man followed up to stab the rebound into the net.
Five minutes from time, Johnson, who had been threatening to score throughout, did just that when rising well at the back past to power home a Brown cross with his head.
Hawick Royal Albert: B. Connelly, M. Cooper, A. Campbell, C. Wilson, R. Wallace, S. Drysdale (D. Prowse), R. Shepherd, C. Monnaghan, S. Owens, M. Deans and L. Lavery.