Hawick United 3
Hawick Legion 0
WADDELL CUP FIRST ROUND
A PURPLE patch which produced three goals during the latter stages earned United bragging rights in this hard-fought derby encounter at Albert Park, as well as a place in the second round of the Waddell Cup, writes John Slorance.
United were first to look like scoring when Kevin Strathdee tested deputy keeper Richard Snowdon with a shot in the opening minutes.
After Scott Duncan fired over the bar at the other end, Strathdee struck the woodwork when driving a Kevin Patterson cross against the post. Bryan Tait, Legion’s recent capture from Selkirk, was then just off-target with a close-range shot following a Jory Robertson corner kick.
Minutes later, United keeper Dean Fry kept Legion at bay with a fine save from Robertson.
Snowdon, in turn, thwarted United by tipping a Stuart Drysdale effort round the post.
Although there was a shortage of goals, there was no lack of action as both sides showed plenty of effort and drive. In the 77th minute, however, a goal arrived – and it was United who did the scoring. Jordan Gracie swung over a cross from the left and Scott Storrie, who had been signed the day before from Ancrum, steered the ball into the net with his head.
Three minutes later, United doubled their advantage when Strathdee blasted home a well-struck angled shot.
United were now on a high and, a minute from time, Strathdee completed the scoring from a Ross Scott pass.