Gala Rovers 6
Hawick Legion 0
BAL Division A
A DOUBLE from Des Sutherland, pictured right, gave Gala Rovers a perfect start to their Division A title challenge.
Shaun Hardie opened the scoring at Netherdale with a sixth-minute goal, followed by two efforts from Sutherland in the 27th and 40th minutes respectively.
The hosts added a further three after the break, with young midfielder Brad Lochrie making it 4-0 on 48 minutes.
Allan Nicol scored Rovers’ fifth in 71 minutes and Callum Jardine made it six with a goal a minute before full time.
Hawick United 0
BAL Division B
A DOUBLE from Jordan Steele gave Stow all three points against Hawick United.
The visitors made the early running and after Ross Scott had come near to scoring with a good effort, Kevin Strathdee was thwarted by a fine save by Stow keeper Tom Kerr.
Stow hit back to take the lead on 12 minutes with a penalty by Steele after David Strathdee had brought down a home attacker in the box.
Steele added a second on 34 minutes and before the interval, Ben Gettel scored Stow’s third.
In the second period, Stow hit the woodwork while Kevin Paterson was twice just off target for Hawick.
Tweedmouth Amateurs 2 Selkirk Victoria 2
BAL Division B
SELKIRK Victoria battled to a deserved point in their first match following promotion to Division B.
After a strong start by the home side, Tweedmouth took the lead but the Vics grabbed an equaliser after Jon Bodicoat’s long throw was met by player/manager Derek Whitehead who rose above the homesters’ keeper to head home.
Selkirk then went ahead when Graham Ford superbly headed home a Nathan Douglas free kick - a true collector’s item as ‘Fordy’ has headed the ball a total of three times in three seasons.
In the second half Selkirk defended stoutly, almost snatching a third through Douglas and then Bodicoat, but the visitors had to settle for a draw when a deflected shot beat the impressive Jamie Lyall in goals. Manager Whitehead was delighted with his side’s efforts and appreciated the help of Paul Brownlee on the sidelines.
Gala Hotspur 5
St Boswells 1
BAL Division C
GALA Hotspur made a winning start to their Division C campaign with a comfortable three points against St Boswells.
The home team were 3-0 up in the first half thanks to a Scott Nightingale hat-trick, before an Ashley Powell free kick flew over Spurs keeper Glen Murray via a divot on the Public Park pitch.
However, Nightingale added another to make it 4-1 at half time.
Spurs struggled to maintain the standard of their first half showing after the break, with Nightingale’s solitary strike their only goal.
Alongside Nightingale, Stuart Harkness and Ian Chalmers put in stand-out performances for Gala.