Hawick Royal Albert 1
Twenty-five points separated the two sides in the table and the odds were stacked against lowly Hawick Royal Albert taking the scalp of high-ranking Ormiston.
However, thanks to a late Scott Watson goal, Hawick achieved this, and in the process, earned recently-appointed manager John Fettes his first win since taking over the reins from Graeme Chadwick.
Although matters were to change in the second half, the opening 45-minute period was a lukewarm affair.
Apart from Robbie Arthur, Declan Quinn and Steve Finlayson squandering chances for Ormiston, and Albert’s Scott Watson being thwarted by saves from visiting keeper Ross Combe, goalmouth incidents were few and far between.
The Albert began the second half in sprightly fashion and twice came close to netting through a Nicky Cairns drive and a Gary Shillinglaw free kick.
With 58 minutes gone, Ormiston were reduced to 10 men when Kieran Wilson was given his marching orders by referee Paul Hanlon for a second bookable offence.
Minutes later, Mr Hanlon made another dismissal when sending Hawick manager Fettes out of the technical area and into the stand after the team boss had made remarks from the sidelines.
The action began to hot up after this and Ronald Fleming almost put the home side ahead with a lobbed shot after being set up by a Cairns pass.
Fleming then had a free kick well saved by Combe.
Hawick continued to push forward
And, four minutes from time, got a reward for their efforts.
Andy Noble sprayed a pass to the feet of Watson and the Albert striker drove a low shot into the corner of the net.
Talking of his side’s triumph, Albert coach Alan McKenzie told The Southern: “For a while we have only been competing for 45 to 50 minutes and this has cost us games.
“Today we competed for the entire 90 minutes and this was one of the main reasons for our win.
“It was a great win for us and hopefully we can kick on from here.”