Hawick Waverley 3
Jed Legion 1
BAL DIVISION A
JOHN SLORANCE reports from Wilton Lodge Park
Hawick Waverley delayed announcing their starting line-up due to defender Craig Wilson un udergoing a late fitness test.
The former Selkirk player came through it, however, and what a blessing this proved to be for Waverley. Wilson saw to this by notching two second-half goals to earn the much-needed points in their bid to climb from their lowly league position.
Waverley manager Mick Hope was well pleased with Wilson’s double strike, as well as his team’s winning show, and told TheSouthern: “There was a doubt about Craig’s fitness, as he has been injured. He was declared fit, though, and this worked out just fine for us, as he not only scored two goals but played very well also.
“It was good to get three points, and we deserved our win. I was pleased with our attitude as it was spot-on throughout.”
Legion drew first blood, sailing into the lead with six minutes gone. Making full use of the space that Waverley had granted him, Bryan Graham drove in a shot that deceived Hawick keeper Michael White, and the ball sailed into the back of the net.
Waverley then showed what they had to offer and Grant Ferguson was just off target with a well-struck effort on meeting a Scott Craig cross.
Back came Jed, and White did well to keep his goal intact, blocking a shot from Jacob Hawthorn following good work by Jason Coles.
On a hard, but playable pitch, although not producing quality football, both sides were showing plenty of effort and commitment.
There was not much sign of another goal on the horizon, however, until Waverley snatched an equaliser with two minutes of the first half remaining. Ferguson floated a corner kick into a crowded goalmouth, which was touched home by Wilson from close range.
Waverley opened strongly after the break and Taylor Hope and Craig both had chances, but blasted wide. Legion keeper David McWilliam then put up the shutters with a top-notch save when diving to push away a net-bound Simon Philbin drive.
The homesters kept up the pressure and in the 64th minute edged ahead, Wilson again producing the scoring touch, tucking away a Kevin McGaughey corner.
Playing with more purpose than they did in the first half, the Teries now had the upper hand, but Jed proved they could still be a threat. On being set up by Kyle Finlayson, Hawthorn shot over the bar.
Minutes later, the woodwork came to Legion’s aid when Hope rifled a Jamie Richardson cross against the post, with the rebound sailing into the hands of McWilliam.
In the 83rd minute, substitute Jordan Yardley sealed victory for Waverley with a cracking finish from a McGaughey corner.
Hawick Waverley: M. White, S. Sharkey, S. Craig, C. Wilson, J. Richardson, K. Mcgaughey, T. Hope, M. Deans, S. Philbin, B. Shiel, G. Ferguson. Subs: J. Yardley, R. Mcleod, M. Clark, S. Marshall and A. King.
Jed Legion: D. Mcwilliam, D. Chandler, C. Scott, G. Hyland, K. Finlayson, B. Graham, J. Hawthorn, J. Coles, J. Wright, C. Webb, G. Hunter. Subs: F. Lennox, T. Marshall, R. Hanlon and S. Jack.