Ten-man Albert struggle at Shielfield Park

Berwick Rangers Rsv 4

Hawick Royal Albert 1

EOS FIRST DIVISION

ALTHOUGH holding their own in the first half, Hawick Royal Albert ended up falling to their 16th league defeat of the season, writes John Slorance.

Hawick got off to the worst possible start, having a man sent off in the 12th minute. Gordon Ramsay spoke out of turn towards the referee and was shown a red card for his actions.

Berwick then went on to break the deadlock, but 10-man Albert were very much in the game and Greig Johnson put the ball in the net when connecting with a well-flighted free kick. It was ruled out, though, due to a foul on the Rangers keeper.

With a minute of the first half remaining, Martin King put Hawick on level pegging, heading home a cross.

In the second half, Hawick continued to battle, but Berwick scored again. The Black and Golds then stretched their lead with a penalty after having had an attacker brought down by Johnson, and in the latter stages the hosts grabbed a fourth.

Albert player Steven Drummond told The Southern: “Due to having a man sent off early on we were going to be up against it. However, we played very well and although we lost, it was much closer than the scoreline suggests.”

Hawick Royal Albert: G. Mclean, A. Whitson, G. Johnson, R. Fleming, K. Fettes, I. Zenati, D. Hogg, B. Mathews, M. King, G. Ramsay, Trialist. Subs: D. Heaver, S. Drummond, P. Keenan, Trialist.