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FOLLOWING a recent barren spell Royal Albert bore fruit in returning to the winning trail with a merited victory, writes John Slorance.
With a strong, swirling wind at their backs, the Albert dominated the early stages and Ormiston keeper Jordan Dunsmore put up the shutters in pulling off splendid saves from Kevin Strathdee and Ronald Fleming in rapid succession.
In the 21st minute though Hawick took a deserved lead. Sean Loughlin drove in a free kick which was booted away by Sean Miller. The ball then broke into the path of Michael Smith who blasted a first time shot past the helpless Dunsmore.
Apart from Sean Wright coming near to scoring in a breakaway Ormiston raid, the Albert ruled the remainder of the first half but failed to turn pressure into goals.
Although facing the elements after the break Hawick continued to look the part and after 56 minutes went further ahead when a great passing move involving Smith, Declan Hogg and Paul Brown ended in Strathdee firing home.
With 79 minutes gone, Ormiston pulled a goal back. Loughlin handled in the box and a penalty was awarded. Craig Fisher took the resultant spot kick, which was brilliantly pushed away by diving Hawick keeper Dean Fry. Fisher then darted in to stick away the rebound.
Two minutes later Ormiston drew level. Fisher hit in a speculative free kick which sailed through the hands of Fry and into the far corner of the net.
In a short period of time the pattern of the game had changed dramatically. However, it was soon to change again for Hawick came storming back to restore their lead. Substitute, Graeme Young threaded a pass to Hogg and with Ormiston at sixes and sevens, the Albert midfield man blasted in a shot for what was to be a winning goal.
Expressing his thoughts on the match, Albert central defender Shaun Fallan told TheSouthern: “I have played eight times for Hawick and this is the first time I have been in a winning side so it’s a great feeling. It was a deserved win as we played really well, especially in the second half against the wind.”