Reivers resemble dawn of the dead in first half

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Reivers 2

MEN’S EAST DIVISION TWO

THE sun was shining, the sky was blue, but would there be a spring in the Reivers’ step as they battled a new-look Watsonians in Edinburgh?

Some kind of voodoo must have been in the air. The Borderers played like zombies and spent most of the first half lumbering around the pitch, moaning and groaning amongst themselves.

Their opponents took full advantage, opening the scoring, with Reivers stalwart Paul Conkie unlucky to deflect a sclaffed shot into his own goal.

Briefly the mental fog lifted and the Tweedbank side’s normal passing game surfaced, with Graham Lofthouse equalising from a rapid passing move originating in the heart of the Reivers defence.

Half-time saw the Reivers re-organise themselves, and they started the second half much more their usual selves.

Despite conceding a second goal, Reivers were the stronger team for much of the second half and it was little surprise when Spencer Pitman scored the equaliser after a period of prolonged pressure.

In the end either side could have won – the draw was a fair result.

Abdul Rajput won plaudits for his turn at left back, but youngster Callum Stockdale won man of the match for a gritty performance which saw him grow in confidence as the match progressed.

Captain Peter Cairns said: “We’ve done well not to lose games when we’ve been missing key players. Sometimes you just have to grind out results.”

Reivers: S. Young, P. Conkie, D. Johnstone, A. Rajput, S. Ramsay, P. Cairns, S. Pitman, G. Lofthouse, A. Bell, C. Stockdale, K. Darling and J. Fletcher.