United hold out for important away win

KELSO ,  UNITED KINGDOM - 01 Oct 2011: 'East of Scotland League, First Division'Kelso United 2 - 6 Heriot-Watt University'''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance )
KELSO , UNITED KINGDOM - 01 Oct 2011: 'East of Scotland League, First Division'Kelso United 2 - 6 Heriot-Watt University'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance )

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Jordan Lauder continued his rich vein of form by bagging another couple of goals to help United take the three points at Recreation Park.

That makes seven goals in the last three games for the Kelso frontman.

United manager Prof Blaikie told The Southern: “We had to make one or two changes in the team due to Steven Tait being suspended and Chris Black and Ben Herdman unavailable, so it took a while for the team to get a hold in the game, but it was a good win.

“It was always going to be a difficult place to come and get the points.”

There was a lacklustre start to the game which only came to life in the second period of the first half when the home side was first to strike.

Launching a counter attack down the right, winger Brian McEwan outpaced the United defence and crosse for striker Conor Ramage to knock past keeper Elliott Turnbull from close range.

But the advantage only lasted five minutes and on the half-hour mark United drew level. Sean Angus drilled a free kick to the back post which was headed back across goal by Darren Bowie and defender Alan Morgan, trying to clear the danger, only succeeded heading past his own keeper.

United nearly made it two from the kick-off in the second half when Shane Bonnington grazed the outside of the post.

The home side fought back and Turnbull had to look sharp to save a couple of efforts from Ramage.

After Bonnington hit the side netting, a Lauder header was cleared off the line from a Grant Gass corner.

On the hour mark, United edged in front. The ball was passed to Liam Wallace down the right wing and the midfielder cut inside two defenders before crossing to Lauder, who placed his header into the top corner of the net.

At the other end, Turnbull dived bravely at the feet of Ian Adams, hurting himself in the process.

United made it three after 70 minutes with a route-one goal. A clearance from Turnbull saw Lauder beat the offside trap and, with keeper Simmonds advancing, the striker coolly lobbed the ball over him and into the empty net.

The home team threw everything into the last five minutes. Daniel Kane hit the post before Ormiston got a goal back when striker Scott Wright unleashed a shot from 20 yards.