Searching for their first win in six games, Royal Albert began their quest in determined fashion and came near to scoring in the first minute when Alieu Faye headed a Cameron McFarlane cross over the bar.
With nine minutes gone however the Albert did break the deadlock.
On being fed by a Blake Wales pass, McFarlane showed composure before drilling a shot past home keeper Josh Mushet.
Hawick continued to look the part and after Sam Campbell had fired wide, Ryan Stevenson had a well struck drive superbly saved by Mushet.
In the 26th minute, Burntisland drew level when Mark James was bundled to the ground by a Stewart Crozier challenge in the box. A penalty was awarded and Kevin Masson made no mistake from the spot.
Hawick came rallying back and Mushet excelled when diving full length to tip a Michael Lynch shot round the post.
With four minutes of the first half remaining the Albert restored their lead. Faye pierced the Shipyard rearguard with a thrusting run down the left before spraying the ball into the path of McFarlane who rounded Mushet to shoot home.
Minutes into the second period James almost put Burntisland on a level pegging when driving a Peter Bell corner kick against the post.
Immediately after this the woodwork came to the Shipyard men’s aid. On cutting in from the flank, Stevenson beat Mushet with an angled drive only to see his effort cannon off the far post.
After Albert number one Kyle Rankin had pulled off a fine save from Masson, Faye came within inches of scoring what would have been a sensational goal. When breaking forward on his own the giant striker tried his luck with a high looping shot from way out that dropped just over the bar.
In the 70th minute Burntisland were reduced to ten men. Jordan McPhail, who had been booked earlier took a dramatic tumble in the box on being tackled by Craig Robertson.
Hawick’s Blake Wales was red carded seven minutes from the end of the match for a foul on Connor Drury.