Hawick Legion Rovers 2
St Boswells 5
COLLIE CUP FIRST ROUND
ST BOSWELLS started brightly in this cup encounter and with four minutes gone took the lead.
Ashley Powell fired in a shot that was blocked by Rovers keeper James Gillespie, but Darren Hague cracked home a shot as the ball broke loose.
Three minutes later, Powell put the visitors further ahead, polishing off a darting run with a well-placed shot.
In the 17th minute, Mark Philbin put Rovers back in the hunt when beating St Boswells keeper Michael McLaren with a well-struck free kick.
The lively Powell then twice went close to adding to St Boswells’ tally, while at the other end, Sean Solley was just off-target with a header, connecting with an inch-perfect Chay Caldwell cross.
After McLaren had kept Rovers at bay with a fine save from Mason Clamp, the Villagers were robbed of a goal by the woodwork when a lobbed Powell effort rebounded off the bar.
In the 72nd minute, St Boswells scored again when Sean Pringle found the net with a cross-cum-shot.
Within minutes, Rovers pulled a goal back. Ryan Law broke through the visitors defence and drove in a shot that McLaren parried.
The alert Lee Sanderson was on hand to tuck away the rebound.
St Boswells, however, hit back to restore their two-goal lead through a counter Andy Swinton strike.
A minute from time, Hague put Rovers into further arrears.