Short-handed Peebles punished by Easthouses

Peebles Rovers vs Hawick Royal Albert at Peebles. Hawick's Andy Williamson is chased by Peebles goalscorer Scott Sutherland.
Peebles Rovers vs Hawick Royal Albert at Peebles. Hawick's Andy Williamson is chased by Peebles goalscorer Scott Sutherland.
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Peebles Rovers manager John O’Hara hopes to sign Jordan Hall for the remainder of the season after the midfielder put in an impressive showing at Easthouses Lily.

The former Vale of Leithen man featured as a trialist for Rovers and while he was unable to stop Peebles conceding four goals in the second half of this meaningless League Cup group game, he was still the visitors’ most attacking threat.

O’Hara said: “We will do everything we can to sign Jordan. He is a fantastic player on the ball and would add great experience to our squad.”

That squad was missing eight players, but Peebles put up a decent first-half performance, only to succumb to a Craig Brown second half hat-trick.

If ever O’Hara had wished for a game to be called off, it was probably this one. But while games were cancelled across the area, Easthouses’s Newbattle pitch remained playable.

Yet, the depleted visitors had drawn three-all with Lily earlier in the season, and took a shock lead just five minutes in as Craig Edgar fired home Danny Munro’s low cross.

Scott Sutherland then had a great chance on 20 minutes, but could only hit his shot straight at Ross Combe in the Lily goal. And the miss was punished just two minutes later as Rory McKinnon produce a nice finish beyond Chris Malcolm.

An Easthouses onslaught failed to materialise in the rest of the half, and instead it was Peebles who should have retaken the lead when Hall forced Combe into a great save.

Despite a battling first half showing, Peebles were behind within two minutes of the start of the second period. Craig Brown’s free kick from wide on the left was not exactly David Beckham-esque, but it somehow found its way across a crowded penalty box and into the bottom corner.

Hall was again denied soon after, this time by a late block by the impressive centre half Ryan McQueenie.

And McQueenie put his side further ahead on 56 minutes with a penalty which prompted O’Hara to replace both his full backs with Jon Manson and winger Yussif Bernawi.

The brave move failed to inspire the Tweeddale outfit, and Brown made it 4-1 with a near-post header. Five minutes from time, Craig Brown completed his hat-trick and Peebles were not able to close the gap, despite Bernawi hitting Easthouses’ crossbar.