Hawick Royal Albert 1 Burntisland Shipyard 1
IT was Hawick Royal Albert’s final home game of the season as well as their last opportunity to record their first league win of the term at Albert Park.
However it was an opportunity that Hawick were unable to take in a game that had little or nothing going for it.
Hence the Albert have went an entire term without having tasted victory on their own turf.
The opening quarter hour of the match conjured up absolutely nothing. In the 17th minute however Burntisland soared into the lead.
Taking advantage of some slack play, Gavin Bridges broke forward to skip round Hawick keeper, Steven West, and stroke a shot into an empty net.
West in turn pulled off a fine save from Kevin Masson, while Shipyard keeper Mikey Coles did not see his first piece of action until after the half hour mark when showing a safe pair of hands in clutching a Declan Hogg free kick from just under the bar.
In the 39th minute however the Albert equalised. From a David Heaver corner, Peter Keenan flicked the ball in the air and as it dropped drove a shot high into the net from close range.
The match failed to pick up after the break. With neither side making any impact, goalmouth incidents were few and far between.
Six minutes from the end, Hawick had a golden chance to take the lead. After jinking his way out of two challenges Hogg was upended in full flight by Bridges in the box. Keenan took the resultant penalty spot kick but the shot was saved by the diving Couser.
In the closing stages West thwarted Lee Henderson with a save while at the other end Couser kept out a Hogg effort.
Giving his views on the match, Hawick coach Davie Aitkin told TheSouthern: “It was very scrappy. Both sides just appeared to be going through the motions, we should have won as our build up moves were better but our finishing was not clinical enough.”
Hawick Royal Albert: S. West, K. Fettes, S. Russell (M. King), S. Loughlin, G. Johnston (S. Burrell), R. Fleming, (D Strathdee), I. Zenati, D. Heaver, P. Keenan, D. Hogg, A. Swailes.