Duns ran out the winners at New Hawthorn Park in their first home game this year due to drainage problems at the ground.
The problems don’t seem solved altogether, however, as the surface was still sodden in places. Goals from former Kelso United frontman Jordan Lauder and Stevie Shennan either side of the break proved to be the difference between the teams.
“We had a young team out today and I wasn’t disappointed with the performance, but they lacked that cutting edge up front that Duns had with Lauder and Shennan,” commented United manager Prof Blaikie.
It was the visitors who had first sight of goal when defender Jack Logan unleashed a 20-yard shot which whistled over the bar. The home side retaliated from a corner on the right by Mark Weatherburn which saw defender Steve McHoul rise to head over.
Shennan had his first chance of the game following good work in midfield. The ball broke to the veteran striker, unmarked in the box, but his shot went tamely into the arms of United keeper William Stewart, deputising for the suspended Elliott Turnbull.
The Dingers were beginning to get into their stride and a Connor Devaney shot just sailed wide of the post. Minutes later, a cross from the right touchline by Weatherburn saw Shennan outjump United defender Darren Bowie at the back post, but the striker’s header went wide.
The home side eventually got the opener four minutes before the break as Shennan latched onto a cross from the right, the front man hit a first-time shot which Stewart managed to save with his legs, only to see Lauder follow up to poke the ball in the net.
The game had just restarted when Duns earned a corner on the left, Gary Wales slung the ball to the front post and the alert Shennan got in front of the United defence to slip the ball over Stewart.
Midway through the second period, United set up a couple of chances as Ryan Beveridge was inches away from connecting with a Euan Hutchinson cross and Bowie had an effort which scraped the top of the bar as he lunged at a Dean Boyne corner.
Stewart was then seen diving to his right to stop a Shennan effort.
The Tweedsiders finished the game strongly and Beveridge saw his shot from 18 yards hit the inside of the post before being cleared.