Royalists meet Mutch resistance in home clash

HRA v Hibs
HRA v Hibs

Hawick Royal Albert1

Eyemouth United0

Royal Albert made the early running at a sun-kissed Albert Park and Eyemouth keeper Adam Mutch twice put up the shutters in the opening minutes, pulling off fine saves from Andy Noble and Graeme Young.

Hawick kept their foot on the gas and Shaun Fallan was just off-target with a header on meeting a Ronald Fleming free kick.

At the other end, Hawick number one Dean Fry denied Eyemouth an opener when doing well to keep out a Ross Wylie drive.

Searching for a win that would lift them from their bottom place spot in the East of Scotland First Division table, the Albert were having the better of matters , but were finding Mutch a difficult man to beat. Noble found this out again when having a netbound shot tipped round the post by the in-form keeper, while minutes later, Kevin Strathdee had a header pushed over the bar by Mutch.

In the 37th minute Hawick took the lead. After latching onto a long ball from the back, Young found the net with a shot that Mutch reached with an outstretched hand, but failed to stop. United began the second half strongly and following a Scott Adams corner Fleming came to the Albert’s rescue in kicking a Wylie header off the goal line.

Within minutes, Young squandered a golden opportunity to put the home side further ahead when blasting a shot way over the bar with the empty goal gaping in front of him, from a Strathdee pass.

Eyemouth began to come more into the picture after this and George Windram came close to snatching an equaliser before Aiden Lauder was thwarted by a Fry save.

Both sides pushed for goals from here on and although there were close calls at the respective ends, there was no addition to the scoring.