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Royal Albert gave as good as they got in this East of Scotland League Cup clash, but it was Heriot-Watt who claimed the bragging rights, writes John Slorance.
The Students broke the deadlock in the 17th minute as Chris Donnelly found Elliot Sutherland with a long ball.
Royalists were all at sea at the back and Sutherland made full use of the acres of space he had been given by tucking away an angled shot.
With 23 minutes gone, Hawick equalised with a golden goal. New signing Nick Ramsay emerged the marksman with a thundering drive from a free kick which soared high into the roof of the net.
Both keepers were earning their places – Gordon Ramsay and Nick Ramsay testing Uni keeper Craig Saunders – and Sutherland forcing Jordan Dunsmore into a fingertip stop.
A minute from the break, defender Sean Loughlin was just off target for Hawick from a Nicky Cairns corner.
With three minutes of the second half gone, Brian Anderson put the Students ahead with a simple goal following a shambolic mix up involving Dunsmore and Innes Zenati.
The keeper made amends by saving well from Anderson, before Saunders excelled at the other end, diving to his left to push a Nick Ramsay shot against the post.
Hawick pushed forward after this and twice came close to snatching an equaliser in a two-minute period.
In the 81st minute, Hawick’s fate was sealed when Anderson rose unchallenged to nod home a Michael Heraghty corner.
Commenting on the game Albert coach, Dave Aitkin told The Southern: “We were the better team in the first half.
“In the second half, we did quite well again, but we just couldn’t score. Two of the goals that we lost could have been avoided that cost us the game.”