Wigtown & Bladnoch2
Hawick Royal Albert3
As far as the ‘bookies’ were concerned, Hawick Royal Albert had little or no chance in this Scottish Cup Preliminary second round tie.
Hawick were 6/1 outsiders, Wigtown odds on favourites.
With odds like those, the game looked all over before it had started.
A completely revitalised side from last season, Hawick, however, upset the odds big time.
Giving a five-star show, Albert simply pulled out the stops to gain a sweet victory that booked them a spot in the first round of the Scottish Cup proper.
Taking the game to South of Scotland League champions Wigtown, Hawick broke the deadlock when Cameron MacFarlane blasted home a shot.
And from here on, the Teries never looked back.
Free-scoring striker Alieu Faye duly put the home side into further arrears through a classy solo goal, foxing the Wigtown defence with some deft approach work.
In the second period, Wigtown opened their account.
Albert defender Shaun Spence sprayed a pass back towards keeper Kyle Rankin.
The Albert number one took a swipe at the ball with his foot, but failed to connect and a lurking Wigtown attacker took advantage of the error to net.
It was a bit of a calamity, but Hawick overcame this by scoring again.
Breaking out of his defensive role, full back Craig Robertson polished off a good build-up move with a spot-on finish.
After pulling a goal back by scoring with a header, Wigtown had a man dismissed for picking up a second yellow card.
It’s a pleasing win for the Teries, one which opens the door to a good financial return if they continue in the same vein in the Scottish Cup.
Hawick manager Dean Shanks said: “It was a long trip to Wigtown, but it has been well worth the journey as it was a brilliant win for us.
“We played to our strengths, which is playing good football, and that’s what we do best”.